Lenten Meditations: Monday 22 March

Mar 22, 2021 by

Mar 22
am 31
pm: 35
Jere 24:1-10 Rom 9:19-33 John 9:1-17

FIFTH MONDAY OF LENT St Basil of Ancyra, 362, Martyr

LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY: Saint Basil strove in martyrdom during the short reign of Julian the Apostate, from 361-363. The Saint was denounced as a Christian to Saturninus, Governor of Ancyra, who, when Basil would not deny Christ, had him hanged from a post and scraped on his sides, then beaten, and cast into prison. A few days later, when Julian himself came through Ancyra, the Saint was brought before him and was asked to deny Christ; he refused and was further tortured receiving the crown of martyrdom.

MEDITATION OF THE DAY: When  we meet another person, we often shake their hand, give them an embrace of peace or in these days of COVID fist or elbow bump six feet apart. In any of these scenarios you cannot engage a person with a closed stance  but rather we are to offer a posture that is  open  and accepting . No less is true of having a relationship with God.  In the Psalm for evening time, we are reminded again that most of us hold onto the things of this life very closed and tightly rather than  open hearts, minds and hands. Living with hearts and  hands that are  open to the possibility of God’s grace each day requires much of us but at the same time we receive much  in spite of all contrary evidence. living every day, with openness , even when the world isn’t kind or fair or loving expands the possibility of grace.


PRAYER OF THE DAY: O God , teach me to be open to  journey without fear , to give without counting the cost, to love  without fretting about  my wounds,  to spend my time  looking only for my own benefits rather than seeking to discern your  holy will. Amen.

ANCIENT WISDOM/PRESENT GRACE:  “Daring to stay open to whatever will come to me today, tomorrow, two months from now, or a year from now—that is hope.”—Henri J.M. Nouwen

Lenten Discipline – Turn off your car radio and/or tape/CD player as you travel to and from work. Use this time for quiet reflection on your week and ponder how many opportunities could come your way to fulfill the role as servant. How many people have been that to you? How do you respond?

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