Lenten Reflection for March 16

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Scripture: 1 Corinthians 7:29-31

 “What I mean, brothers, is that the time is short.
From now on, those who have wives should live
as if they had none;
those who mourn, as if they did not;
those who are happy, as if they were not;
those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep;
those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them.
For this world in its present form is passing away.”

This letter to Corinthian Christians seems to anticipate the end of the world.  The writer advises people to act the opposite of what they are doing.  For example, those who are rejoicing should act as though they were not rejoicing and those who buy should act as though they had no possessions.

What can this mean for us now in our journey to the cross and resurrection?  Perhaps it is an opportunity to take what comes and live into it.  The circumstance is not the most important, but rather how we accept it is most important.  We live our lives in the love and grace of God, come what may.

By Laverna Marchese


Loving God, I just want to say that there are days when I am totally confused and confounded by scripture!  But I will keep reading and I will try to discern the presence of wisdom in your holy text.  AMEN

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