Friday, February 26

Lenten Meditations 2012

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Friday, February 26

Psalm 95, 40, 54; Genesis 40:1-23; 1 Corinthians 3:16-23; Mark 2:13-22

After reading the Scripture assigned for today, I kept coming back to Psalm 95. The first two verses seem almost out of place--an invitation in both verses to make a joyful noise in praise. Joyfulness belongs in Easter, certainly not in Lent. Am I being asked to abandon my need for deep reflection, examining my sinfulness, my need for redemption, or the passion of Jesus!

Verses 3-11 remind me that in the midst of praising the God of the Universe, the rock of salvation, we are not to be like our forefathers/mothers who during their deliverance from captivity, complained and put God to the test over and over! We, instead, are to be faithful in our praise and worship, acknowledging God’s power and glory. We are further to listen to his voice, to be the sheep of his hand and the people of his pasture.

For me, this psalm means that I am God’s own, called by name. I am known by God and asked to be in relationship with others whom God loves. I am to be joyful, faithful, obedient, and thankful. I am also reminded that I am all too capable of being the opposite-hateful, woeful, willful, selfish, and the list goes on.

Through Jesus’ birth, life, death and resurrection, I am redeemed. Through the gift of the Holy Spirit, empowered to be all that I am called to be! Joyful, Joyful I adore thee God of Glory, God of Love!

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