Friday, March 22, 2013

Fifth Friday in Lent

Psalm 22Jeremiah 29:1, 4-13Romans 11:13-24 John 11:1-27

I find all four of today’s scripture readings challenging. Some of it is familiar, but there is much I do not understand. I admit to a little frustration.

So I stop, take a breath, and turn to some ancient wisdom from the Tao Te Ching:
“Do you have the patience to wait till your mind settles and the water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself?”
I take another breath.

Perhaps understanding is too ambitious. God knows God’s plans, as Jeremiah reminds the Israelites in exile. The Gentiles are included, Paul tells us, if they believe. Lazarus lies dead in the tomb four days before Jesus gets there, all part of God’s plan.

Can I believe with Martha that “everyone who lives and believes in Jesus will never die?” Do I trust in God?

— Deborah Healey

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