Lenten Meditations: Tuesday 2 March

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Mar 2
am: 61, 62
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Jere 2:1-13 Rom 1:16-25 John 4:43-54

TUESDAY OF LENT I St. Chad of Litchfield, Bishop and Abbot, 381

LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY:  Chad of Lichfield and Mercia (+672 also called St. Caedda) was a missionary, bishop, and healer who spread the catholic Faith throughout the British Isles. He travelled about (as he had when Archbishop of York pro temp), always on foot (until the Archbishop of Canterbury gave him a horse and ordered him to ride it, at least on long journeys), preaching and teaching wherever he went. He served there for only two and a half years before his death, but he made a deep impression. In the following decades, many chapels, and many wells, were constructed in Mercia and named for him.

MEDITATION OF THE DAY:  Social Researchers suggest that  the average person moves at least 40 times in their life. For most a people searching for a  permanent home can be tiring and increasingly in the journey to have a place to  settle is important . Psalm 68 for the evening  prayers reminds us of such journeys as we recall  the movement of the Ark from its portable sanctuary to Mount Zion (the city of Jerusalem, which is set on a mountain) was a significant moment  for the Hebrew people. They know well  how God traveled with his people from Mount Sinai through the wilderness  and how He led them to  the promised land .  But there were moments of wonder in the journey as to where was God moving in all of this change. No doubt St. Chad must have wondered the same. But ultimately, he knew that God was in the midst fulfilling his purposes and so could  live into the changes and moves he was asked to make . To see God in the midst of our movements and changes takes great trust and perhaps a worthy element to work on this Lent.


PRAYER OF THE DAY: Almighty God, for the peace of the Church your servant Chad relinquished the honors that had been thrust upon him, only to be rewarded with equal responsibility: Keep us, we pray, from thinking of ourselves more highly than we ought to think, and ready at all times to step aside for others, that the cause of Christ may be advanced; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen

ANCIENT WISDOM/PRESENT GRACE – “Do not allow the spark of discord and enmity to smolder. The longer you wait, the more the enemy tries to cause confusion among you. Be watchful, so that he does not mock you. Humility destroys all of his schemes.”- St. Macarius of Optina

Lenten Discipline –   Reflect on the moves and changes God is putting before  you in your life. Ask God’s spirit to fill you with the conviction to journey faithfully just as St. Chad did despite the pain it may have caused him.

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