Lenten Reflection for March 10

Scriptures for today

  • Psalm 33
  • 
1 Kings 19:1-8
  • Hebrews 2: 10-18

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Psalm 33:
“Truly the eye of The Lord is on those who fear him,
On those who hope in his steadfast love,
To deliver their soul from death,
And to keep them alive in famine.” (18-19) NRSV

Famine

We are so very hungry
– our bellies are knots of longing.
“Fill us,” we cry, “We want. We need.”
We spoil everything we taste.

We have not little, but too much.
Preserve our souls from suicide.
Keep us alive in famine; help us
to lift our eyes from piled plates.

May we look up to see who dines with us.
May we look out our windows and observe
tree’s branch moving in the wind, a chickadee
bravely chirping in the winter air.

1 Kings 19: 1-8:
He asked that he might die: “It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my ancestors.” (v. 4) NRSV

Elijah

I received a threat:
I would be what I had killed.
I feared death and fled.

I ran through the desert
with nothing to sustain me.
I lay down on sand.

Despair covered me.
It is easy to give up
nothing for nothing.

Morning was calm, bright.
Water and sweet food arrived.
I got up, and walked.

Hebrews 2: 10-18:
Well, old Elijah had a few things right: “for I am no better than my ancestors.” In this passage, we hear that, “he (Jesus) did not come to help the angels, but the descendants of Abraham.”

(A biblical rant, written in honour of the current Muslim victims of the Christian carnage in the Central African Republic.)

Of course, we want to believe that we are somehow more evolved than our not-so-long-ago ancestors of the Old and New Testaments. For all of our invention, for all of our instant communication, for all of our pious platitudes of “one rainbow world” and our “brothers and sisters” everywhere, we seem to be hard-wired for hate.

Maybe Jesus cannot conquer death because we keep crucifying him, over and over. ♥

by Susan Wood

 

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