only evening allows the time…

After another full day I still have a strong draw to this past Sunday’s Gospel reading. “Jerusalem, Jerusalem — oh, how I long to gather you as a mother hen gathers her brood…”

I see Jesus tilt his head with a look of deep compassion and the knowledge of the pain before him. This image became stronger as our choir sang — “pray for the peace of Jerusalem” — a peace that is still longed for today. With great care and edge of sadness, Jesus tilts his head.  It would be so easy to look out over this vast humanity, put a hand in the air and say ‘I’ve done what I could’. Yet with a heart of a mother, he holds the dream of all it is possible and looks before the reality.

What a familiar struggle in any human relationship– the potential and the reality.  How many times do we stand in that tension and feel the frustration, stretch to find the words,  stretch to try and find the way to make things right? How many times do we feel the ache of letting go? To reflect on this reading — may give us insight into the emotions we witness as Jesus prepares for the last days.

Images to carry us into this season’s wonder —

I am very impressed with this website. The art is phenomenal – reflections modest and powerful. Much work has been done to put this together. If it moves you, share it with others. There are many ways to exercise a spiritual practice — words only scratch the surface.

http://www.ecva.org/exhibition/Recognition_And_Return/RecognitionAndReturnCurator.htm

another 40 days

We are drawn away and drawn to return. These 40 days of Lent take on so many ways of reflection — depending on your age, depending on the year, depending on your energy, and most definitely depending on the buoyancy of your faith. We give up, we take on — we pray in the early light or late at night. Our intentions are good and our lives may need burdens of guilt lifted through a time of simplicity and an offering of forgiveness.

We are drawn away and drawn to return. The image of this young, desperate,  humbled  son on his knees before his loving father touches a deep place in all of us. After hiding in the dark  and feeling the fear of our own shadows,  we also experience that humility in a safe place where we are known and forgiven.

During these 40 days, we will experience  (as we always do) the intrigue of distractions and the call to refocus. May we remember to be gentle with ourselves as the God of all gentleness continues to stand near always ready to receive us into comfort and forgiveness.

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