Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Reflection for March 22, 2017

Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent
DT 4: 1, 5-9
PS 147: 12-13, 15-16, 19-20
JN 6:63C, 68 C
MT 5:17-19

In today’s first reading we jump into the middle of the story of Exodus. Again, the Israelites have grown impatient in the desert, this time turning to idol worship as they wait for Moses to return from speaking with God on Mt. Sinai. God is extremely unhappy (to say the least) and ready to destroy the people. Then Moses intercedes for the Israelites, convincing God to spare their lives. Way to go, Moses.

At this point in our Lenten journeys it may be important to reflect and see if we too have gotten off track. Like the desert around Mt. Sinai, Lent can feel empty at times. If we are not comfortable with that emptiness, we may opt to fill it with a distraction (hopefully not one as drastic as idol-worship, but you get the picture). Well-known theologian, Henri Nouwen, offers these reflections on emptiness:

It is very hard to allow emptiness to exist in our lives. Emptiness requires a willingness not to be in control, a willingness to let something new and unexpected happen. It requires trust, surrender, and openness to guidance. God wants to dwell in our emptiness. But as long as we are afraid of God and God’s actions in our lives, it is unlikely that we will offer our emptiness to God. Let’s pray that we can let go of our fear of God and embrace God as the source of all love.

Who knows? Maybe these words could have helped the Israelites avoid falling into the distraction of idol worship. Nevertheless, this reflection should challenge you as you continue on your Lenten journey. If you are feeling an emptiness in your life, do not fear it, but do your best to embrace it. In the same way, do not fear God, but invite God to be present in your emptiness—to use that empty space to work through you.

Parker Davis is a senior studying Theology who likes Jesus and strawberry milk.

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