Written on: March 20, 2019
Scripture is rich. Each one of us discovers different insights from pondering points in scripture.
In the first reading from today’s Liturgy (Ex, 3:1-8A, 13-15), there’s a sense of wonder way beyond words. Moses near a bush that just keeps burning, but the flame stays in place. This boggles my mind! The Church sets aside this whole Lenten Season to remind us of God’s love, God’s “flame” ever present to us. Let us keep absorbing/deepening that truth.
Another instance that speaks to me is Moses’ response to God, “Here I am.” As I grew into maturing that Lent was not about making a bargain with God (If I give up candy, God will love me more) I challenged myself about growing spiritually.
Am I praying to “let go and let God?”
These are not negative questions. They are searching, positive, concerns to shape and transform my faith.
At this juncture in this Lenten Season, let us examine what we’ve attempted. Some ideas for consideration….The “fit” for Lenten practices is personal. One is not better than the other. What is important is realizing what I can do. It’s a “Here I am.”
No one is exempt from suffering. Suffering is part of being human. The way we respond helps or hinders us; we can choose to be positive or negative. We can choose to practice what we learn from the suffering, or we can choose to become bitter.
Responding positively to these questions shows me if I am striving to allow God to be more present in my daily living. God is ever- present, nurturing me to be more loving and forgiving, to become better, not bitter. Positive growing/maturing is an unending process.
Recognizing our need to move forward is an essential part of living. Having/keeping a sense of good humor is another essential ingredient. That balance prompts growth.
Each one of us in our own unique story needs to and can cultivate caring. Each one of us continues to “awaken” whatever we can do in the faith journey of our lives, ultimately, to be more concerned about one another and our world.
“The Church is not a community of perfect people, but of disciples on a journey”…..(Pope Francis)
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Lenten Resource: LIVING A LAUDATO SI‘ LENT