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Lenten Reflections 2013 - Third Sunday of Lent

 

Third Sunday of Lent- Reflection

 

Why is it that most people want to have power, to be in control of others?

Why is it hard for us to share power with others? What are we afraid of?

Do I recognise that God offers the perfect model of power sharing?

Am I willing to accept God's freely given gift, to work in partnership with God for the good of the world?

What changes do I need to make this Lent in my life?

 

Our vocation is to work in partnership with God who empowers us

God empowered Moses to go and bring freedom and prosperity to the people. He did not impose his will on them. God's dream is for the family of humanity to work in partnership with God.

We often struggle to be in partnership with God. We wish sometimes that God would just do everything for us and sort our lives out. Other times we wish God would leave us alone. We feel we are happy enough on our own. Yet it is still God's dream that we are in partnership with him. He never gives up on that dream.

When we don't accept God's empowerment, God does not abandon us but gives us the space we need to repent-to say sorry, to change direction and live the dream of God again. This is a challenge because it requires us to stop and look honestly at our own lives and make often painful but necessary changes. God's invitation to repent reveals a God of forgiveness and compassion, a God who will never give up on us.

This Lent we have a choice to make. We can accept the gift of God's forgiveness and compassion. If we want to share God's power, to work in partnership with God, we need to decide now to share in God's dream. Jesus tells us now, this present moment, is the only time we have. He encourages us to be in partnership with God now. This is the time in the spirit of Lent to repent and believe in the Good News.

 

Pray Psalm 102

Response: The Lord is compassion and love

My soul, give thanks to the Lord,

all my being, bless his holy name.

My soul give thanks to the Lord

and never forget all his blessings.

Response: The Lord is compassion and love

 

It is he who forgives all your guilt,

who heals every one of your ills,

Who redeems your life from the grave,

who crowns you with love and compassion.

Response: The Lord is compassion and love

 

The Lord does deeds of justice,

gives judgement for all who are oppressed.

He made known his ways to Moses

and his deeds to Israel's sons.

Response: The Lord is compassion and love

 

The Lord is compassion and love,

slow to anger and rich in mercy.

For as the heavens are high above the earth

so strong is his love for those who fear him.

Response: The Lord is compassion and love