Pondering for Wednesday, March 25, 2020

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Daily Office Readings for the Wednesday after the Fourth Sunday of Lent: Year 2

Psalm 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30;  Psalm 119:121-144 Gen. 50:15-26; 1 Cor. 12:1-11; Mark 8:11-26

“And the man* looked up and said, ‘I can see people, but they look like trees, walking.’ Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he looked intently and his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.” (Mark 8: 24 – 25)

This patient of our Lord Jesus reminds me of me.  He needs continual help.  Initially he has a vision of people who look like trees walking.  I think of walking driftwood.  That has also been me, “walking driftwood.”  Thank you Lord Jesus for your continual healing and not giving up on me, even when I have given up on myself.

Part 2 of 2

Daily Office Readings for The Annunciation:  

Psalm 85, 87 Isaiah 52:7-12; Hebrews 2:5-10   Psalm 110:1-5(6-7), 132
Wisdom 9:1-12; John 1:9-14

Today’s feast commemorates how God made known to a young Jewish woman that she was to be the mother of his Son.  “The Annunciation has been a major theme in Christian art, in both East and West, and innumerable sermons and poems have been composed about it. The term coined by Cyril of Alexandria for the Blessed Virgin, Theotokos (“the God-bearer”), was affirmed by the General Council of Ephesus in 431.”  (Lesser Feast and Fast p. 194)  I have an Icon of Mary holding the baby Jesus.  I treasure it not only because of Mary but also of Jesus giving her to me as my own mother.  I take this from the Gospel of John where hanging from the cross he places her in the home of my own heart.  My mother was a business woman who did quite well in her day in the restaurant business.  However the only meal I ever shared with her (just the two of us) was in Philadelphia when my dad was in the hospital.  My mother and I were not that intimate. So when I read where our Lord Jesus says, “ to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.” (John 19:27)  I know our Lord Jesus was not talking to me but I needed to hear him say to me as one of his disciples that I could take his beloved mother into the house of my heart.  Thank You Lord Jesus.  I also think that one of the two best sermons in all the New Testament comes from Mary, and that is for us, the servants of our Lord Jesus, to “do whatever he tells you.”  (John 2:5)  Nothing else needs to be said.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John

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