Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 9, A.D. 2003

Genesis 9:8-15
Psalm 25:4-9
1 Peter 3:18-22
Mark 1:12-15

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

The Lenten Season is underway, and once again we make choices on how best to use our time. Choices and plans often are made by us, but should they be made? How much control do we have over how much God loves us? It is strange to consider Lent in this way isn't it? Somehow some of us were raised to think "if I give up this or that" or "if I say this prayer or that" -- then God will love me more.

Does a child need to plan the ways that he or she will enhance the love bond between parent and child? In most instances the love is just there. We're part of our parents. Their love for us is a given. So it is with God. God creates us, forms us and sent His Son to redeem us.

In the first reading of today we are reminded that God has made a covenant with us, a bond. Reference is made to Noah's ark and to the water symbolizing our baptism. A boat floating on water is an interesting symbol for us to consider over these next several weeks of Lent. We have only so much control over our lives, but God has provided us His Church to carry us to safe haven from the storms of life. We have the waters of baptism to cleanse us, the Holy Spirit to breathe life into us and to guide this ark and His covenant, signed by His very Blood. To be even more intimate, with us in our human nature, He has given us His own Mother to act as a mediary on our behalf.

Perhaps rather than trying to micromanage our spiritual life this Lenten Season, we would find greater peace by bringing ourselves more often into the presence of God and just "letting go." We can be carried along these next several weeks in the arms of a loving Father. After all, doesn't He know what's best for us?

- Joan of Jesus, ocds (jmurphy@utica.edu)


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