Psalm 95** & 22; Exod. 9:13-35; 2 Cor. 4:1-12; Mark 10:32-45
** Intended for use in the morning
When I’m writing this, it is still in the midst of the cold, dark, and icy midwinter. I’m still marveling over the small gift of light, this little glimmer of hope, in the form of a new born babe that has been given to us, to me, in the middle of this darkness. The baby is yet another proof of God’s unending love and protection of his people in the face of any evil, darkness, and adversity that we may come across in this world (Exodus). Like the psalmist, I think:
“Come, let us praise the Lord! Let us sing for joy to God, who protects us! Let us come before him with thanksgiving and sing joyful songs of praise...” (Psalm 95)
And as I walk down an icy road one cold wintry day, I reflect on how the days are now lengthening, minutely, with the darkness of winter giving way to longer, lingering evenings signaling the return of bright, warm, and sunny spring. And similarly, little by little, Jesus will, during the Easter miracle emerge, from the little Christmas baby in the darkness of winter to the Son of Man, the Light of the World, who did not come to be served, but to serve and to redeem those who were willing to be redeemed (Mark 10).
I know that I cannot achieve the fiery purity that allowed Jesus to give his life to save mine and others. I know that I may not have the courage to sacrifice myself so completely for others, but I can make myself, as Paul suggests to the Corinthians, into a common clay pot; into a vessel of faith where spiritual treasure can be stored.
Posted on Fri, March 26, 2010
by Lenten Meditations filed under