Posted by: livingscripture | February 28, 2010

Second Sunday of Lent

From the Word of the Day

 Master, it is good that we are here; let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses,

and one for Elijah.

                                                Luke 9: 33

 How should we live this Word

 “It is good for us to be here.”  These are moments of gratifying and strong experiences of faith.  It seems Heaven has come close and belief is easier and more joyful.  Our temptation is to keep these moments from disappearing.  Like Peter, James, and John, we want to say, “let us make three tents.”  Instead, the Lord indicates another road, the one of which He has just spoken to His disciples and will speak about again shortly after.  It is the road of the cross where He precedes us, but which every person is called to walk.

 This is the ‘hard discourse’ that induces many to abandon the enterprise and to leave deluded.  As the disciples of Emmaus would say, ‘we believed that….’  They had gone to God with expectations that mirrored the image they had created of Him.  He was a God-refuge, a type of insurance policy that would save them from misfortune.  But instead….

 Blessed delusion that forces us to seek God’s true face, that makes us confront the strong demands of a faith that is free of infantile visions.  Belief is above all, recognizing and accepting the difficult task of being human, in our radical poverty, and in our greatness that we are called upon to liberate.  We are somewhat like a block of marble that imprisons an original work of art.  It needs hammer strokes guided by an image already present in the artist, that divine imprint given us from creation.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will ask for the light to see what obscures God’s image and likeness in me.

 Lord, grant me sparks of light that help me to never lose sight of the goal and give me the courage to face the harshness of the climb.

 The voice of Kahlil Gibran, Lebanese painter and philosopher

 Belief is a beautiful thing but putting into practice what we believe is a test of strength.  There are many who speak like the thunder of the sea, but their life lacks depth and is stagnant like a putrid pool.  There are many who raise their heads over the mountain tops, but their spirit remains asleep in the darkness of the caves.




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