Monday, February 27, 2012

Where Human and Divine Meet

This Sunday's readings and Gospel so beautifully integrate human and divine and the importance of reading the signs of the time.  For Noah, he was led into an ark with a community of people he loved and together they weathered the storm, possibly at times saving one another on a day to day basis, and ultimately God saving them, setting a bow in the sky to demonstrate the covenant between God and man.  For Jesus, as he was drove into the dessert by the Spirit, was ministered to by God's angels and after the time period of 40 days gave a sign to the world with the words, "The kingdom of God is at hand."  During these forty days of Lent, we are given an opportunity to know that God is with us, that the kingdom of God is at hand; that we have the faithfulness of the community, the angels among us and God to watch over us as we search for the signs of the times, whether they be word or symbol, as an opportunity to deepen our faith, in order to fully experience a resurrection experience, come Easter.  I know that at times, it has been my family and faith community that has saved me through the storms of life for which I am deeply grateful.  I continue to look for the earthly signs of hope and love as a constant reminder that the kingdom of God is at hand.  What signs are present in your life that connect the human and divine? 

Friday, February 24, 2012

Love desires the best in us

God's love is in each one of us.  Love at its best desires that we encourage those we love to be at their best.  A great example of this is how best friends love one another and only want to see the best in each other.  It seems to me that the love that God shares with each of us would be so much more than the type of limited human love we can experience.  Taking that a step further then, wouldn't God want the best for us?  Wouldn't God want us to be the best human beings we could be?   Perhaps rather than the old fashioned notion of "giving up" something to show our love for God during Lent, (which is a good practice), we could show God the best of our humanity instead? 

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Ash Wednesday's Evangelizing Message

Today, on Ash Wednesday in the second reading from St. Paul we heard the words "We are the ambassadors of Christ!"  From the earliest days of the church there is a call to evangelize.  To be an ambassador means to be an official messenger.  At the conclusion of today's reading St. Paul shares with his community that now is the time to spread the good news.  As the lector at Mass read these words, it seems that some 2000 years later, the message remains the same and of the same urgent nature.  Let us all be ambassaors of Christ, today in 2012!  We are all called to be official messengers today in our everyday lives as who we are and where we are.  As this Lent season begins, perhaps this is a time to consider our important role in the history of salvation...

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