Lenten Meditations: Friday 12 March

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Mar 12

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Jer 16.10–17.4, Hebrews 8 John 9.1–17

 

LENT III: St. Paul Aurelian, Bishop and Monk,580,

 

LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY:   Patron of Paul in Cornwall. He is also known as Saint Pol de Leon.  He was the son of a Welsh chieftain who was educated at the monastery of St Iltyd. He became a monk, and together with 12 companions migrated to Brittany where they built a number of churches and monasteries and became a great witness for the faith there. He became bishop at Pol, which was a town  named after him. He died  at his monastery on the island of Batz. There are several dedications to St Paul Aurelian in Wales and Brittany.

 

MEDITATION OF THE DAY: This gospel story today  is about a man who is physically unable to see becoming physically able to see, but it is about so much more than that . The Pharisees in this story are physically able to see but spiritually they are blind. In contrast, the man born blind was physically unable to see but is spiritually able to see. How often so we experience this

being lived out in our own lives. Those who have the credentials and the roles of leadership and authority fail to see the path of righteousness before them. The culture of the West affirms repeatedly   that seeing is believing. What do we allow people to see about  God in our own lives? People who are seeking, questioning wondering  can’t see God  but they do experience people and situations that can present his presence or deny it.  This Lenten season is an opportunity for us to help others see God  in our everyday lives, and that we may be  a light God to in the darkness.

 

ANCIENT WISDOM/PRESENT GRACE:  “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, nor touched, but are felt in the heart.”- – Helen Keller

 

PRAYER OF THE DAY: Eternal God, give us insight to discern your will for us, to give up what harms us, and to seek the perfection we are promised in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

 

LENTEN DISCIPLINE Pursue the opportunity to give someone the gift of sight today by offering eyeglasses through http://eyeseemission.org.

 

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