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Scripture: Romans 9:16-18; Luke 1:38; Luke 23:46

It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy. For Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth. ”Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.

I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.”

Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”

Reflection

I enjoy “reading outside of my tradition.” Today, I am leaning on two of my favorites, Nicholas Thomas Wright and Richard Rohr, an Anglican and a Franciscan Catholic respectively. I appreciate their Reformed emphasis on the Kingdom of God, our having a significant place in that kingdom, and yet our life being about THAT, and not about us.

Here both address accepting our current circumstances as being from God, and not necessarily explainable from our human standpoint.

N.T. Wright

It is no part of the Christian vocation, then, to be able to explain what’s happening and why. In fact, it is part of the Christian vocation not to be able to explain—and to lament instead. As the Spirit laments within us, so we become, even in our self-isolation, small shrines where the presence and healing love of God can dwell. And out of that there can emerge new possibilities, new acts of kindness, new scientific understanding, new hope. New wisdom for our leaders? Now there’s a thought. -Time Magazine, March 30

Father Richard Rohr

My life is not about me. It is about God. It is about a willing participation in a larger mystery. At this time, we do this by not rejecting or running from what is happening but by accepting our current situation and asking God to be with us in it. Paul of Tarsus said it well: “The only thing that finally counts is not what human beings want or try to do, but the mercy of God” (Romans 9:16). Our lives are about allowing life to “be done unto us,” which is Mary’s prayer at the beginning and Jesus’ prayer at the end.”

 

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