Pondering for Sunday, March 29, 2020

Eucharistic Readings for the 5th, Sunday in Lent: Year A

Ezekiel 37:1-14  Psalm 130  Romans 8:6-11  John 11:1-45

“He said to me, “Mortal, can these bones live?” I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live.”  (Ezekiel 37: 3 – 5)

Many of us depend on hearing the Word of the Lord every Sunday.  We can’t now during this time because of the requirement to not be in large groups.  I support our Bishop in his decision to suspend church services until we are better able to manage this scourge upon us. I like watching science fiction movies and I will tell you that this truly is “The Day the Earth Stood Still.”

When we cannot be together in worship a part of our life is missing.  I miss my St Paul’s family and other faithful gatherings.  All I/we have is God’s Word that Life will return! Our dry bones will hear the Word of God and we will be renewed, re-membered together again.  The Breath of God will restore us again and we will again live in communion with one another in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Persevere therefore, my beloved brothers and sisters.  This present undertaking will not last.  While we cannot come together physically, we can surely come together in prayer.  I have my prayer list and I pray daily for my spiritual family and more especially for our sick ones.  I invite each of you to pray daily in this time of physical distancing.  Medical science is nice but it does not negate our need for prayer. Let us go to God in prayer in our homes and as our Presiding Bishop informs us, just ask God for help.  God’s ears hears tears.

I have put forth a short video reflecting these very words for today.  Please check it out if you can at https://youtu.be/KM-l4zBppjA.  In the mean time, May God bless us and keep us, My God make his face to shine upon us and be gracious to us, may God lift us his countenance upon us and give us peace.  Amen.

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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