Lent Day 40 – Faith Found

Clear Vision – Reconciliation

Deep within the caves of Kentucky, I had the utmost experience of pitch black darkness. So dark in fact the pupils of my eyes could not adjust wide enough to see my hand less than an inch away from my face. The only way to know that someone else was physically there was by touch. Holy Saturday is the third day of the Triduum, we the guilty are buried with Christ the innocent. Yet in darkness, we are not alone as a quieted Spirit actively waits. It matters not how long or dark the tomb in which the believer is laid. Forty days or 40 years, our clarity of faith comes from within. We are forgiven and not forgotten

The season of Lent helps us to remember that we are but dust and the first signs of our disconnectedness to the Power over all creation. Early in this journey with Christ, by our own lack of faith we question God’s commitment. We soon learn to navigate the wilderness which affects our faith by allowing God to chip away at the doubt. We make straight the way by putting all manner of things aside that have no part in this journey and emerge strengthened by the once smoldering light that is now an intense burning flame within. It becomes clear that the Light desires to go ahead of us. When we finally reach the foot of the cross, anything that is still hanging on is stripped away in preparation for a new thing; fully naked, a reconciled spirit for God’s ultimate glory and not our own.

Who can command and have it done,
   if the Lord has not ordained it?… 

Let us test and examine our ways,
   and return to the Lord.
Let us lift up our hearts as well as our hands
   to God in heaven.

I called on your name, O Lord,
   from the depths of the pit;
you heard my plea, ‘Do not close your ear
   to my cry for help, but give me relief!’
You came near when I called on you;
   you said, ‘Do not fear!’     Lamentations 3:37-58

 

 

 

Many Gifts One Spirit

Lent: Day 25 – We know that there are people among us who do not operate under the one spirit that works for the good of God’s people. They are the ones who allow the yeast of pride, selfishness, greed and arrogance to rise within and distort God’s plan for his creation. They are the ones trapped in the limitations of the physical world. They are the ones who fully believe they have some power and authority that others do not have. The Pharisees of yesterday and today still believe this to be true. Our ancestor Joseph may have at one time believed this to be true but by the time of his father’s (Jacob) death he knew this not to be the case. The good news is that the Apostle Paul in his transformed wisdom assures us that this is in fact not the case. In one Spirit, with many gifts among us working together, as we walk in his grace we can and will manifest God’s glory and not our own. Only this, God’s glory, is what’s important and we are the beneficiaries.

Genesis 50:15-26 ‘Do not be afraid! Am I in the place of God? Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people, as he is doing today. So have no fear…

Mark 8:11-26 …and he (Jesus) cautioned them, saying, “Watch out—beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod.”

1 Corinthians 12:1-11 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.

Psalm119 Your promise is well tried, and your servant loves it. I am small and despised, yet I do not forget your precepts. Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and your law is the truth… Your decrees are righteous forever; give me understanding that I may live.