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Willingly

Readings for 3rd Sunday in Lent

Exodus 17: 1-7, Romans 5: 1-11 & John 4: 5-42

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Wednesday 15th March

So beset by our quarrels, our worst brought out of us by our fears, and wondering where we are on our journey, this Sunday St Paul delivers the tonic we need. Bringing us back from wallowing in what is wrong – with the world, with our little corner of it or with ourselves – we are reminded of what we need. What we need is hope – and hope whose foundations lay not in our own navigational skills for the journey, and not in our own ability to rise unaided above our human condition. Hope based on the sacrifice of Jesus. We stand in grace.

We hope not in spite of the difficulties and struggles of being human, but we hope through our struggles because of the love which God has poured into our hearts.

We did not earn the sacrifice which Christ willingly made for us – but still he made it. We didn’t even repent first. God did not blackmail or cajole us into our salvation. While we were still sinners, God gave everything, willingly and without reservation, for love of us.

Question: When we see ourselves in this light, see our value to the God of all creation, how will we respond?

 Prayer: Loving God, help me to see my value as you see it today. Give me hope in my struggles, and help me to follow you. Amen.

 

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Our Worst?

Readings for 3rd Sunday in Lent

Exodus 17: 1-7, Romans 5: 1-11 & John 4: 5-42

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Tuesday 14th March

I wonder if each of us knows what brings out the worst in us, and I wonder if we would admit it if we do? When the Israelites are following  Moses in the wilderness, a people liberated from slavery by God’s miraculous intervention, it is their thirst for water that starts to bring out the worst in them. It is their thirst for water that erodes their trust in Moses as their leader, and in God, despite all they have experienced. To be fair this comes as no surprise – this is a life and death issue – and it is these issues that challenge our humanity most.

We will hear on Sunday of how they quarrelled with Moses and tested God; but I imagine that first they would have quarrelled amongst themselves.     As water became scarce they would perhaps look at their community, their friends, their families, with envious eyes, harsh words and surreptitious  actions. But God is a God of compassion. He responds to the envy and squabbling of our communities, to our lack of trust – not by withdrawing from us, but by giving more. The rock is split, and living water flows from it. Christ’s life is given, and all things become possible.

Question: What situations bring out the worst in me? How can trusting God more help me deal with this?

 Prayer: God of our ancestors, help us trust in you, to turn from our deepest fears, to your life giving love. Amen.