Pondering for Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Daily Office Readings for Wednesday of the 4th Week in Lent: Year 1

Morning Psalms 101 and 109:1 to 4 and 20 to 30; Evening Psalm 119:121 to 144;
Jeremiah 18:1 to 11Romans 8:1 to 11John 6:27 to 40

“If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.” (Romans 8:11)

Thank you Paul for these words to ponder. While I often find myself filtering out of Paul’s words, what is from God, and what is from Paul, it is sometimes hard to tell.  With this bit of insight however, I feel it is definitely from God, through Paul, and to us. It may even explain God’s co-existence with the man we call Jesus. That is, God, personified in Christ Jesus, knows how to implant God’s Spirit into the human soul.

God’s presence dwelling in us identifies us back to God and is key to us being raised into the next, and, eternal life.  Along with God’s indwelling Spirit, we must also believe.” For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. (John 3:16)

 So God is within each one of us. This Spirit of God raised our Lord Jesus as the first fruits of eternal life. You are next. God is already in you. Do you believe?  It takes both. God has done God’s part.  If you believe in the love of our Lord Jesus and the love of God that Jesus showed us, how is it made manifest in your words and deeds? Live what you believe.

Today we remember Saint Patrick: Bishop and Missionary of Ireland, 461

“When Patrick was about sixteen, he was captured by a band of Irish slave-raiders. He was carried off to Ireland and forced to serve as a shepherd. When he was about twenty-one, he escaped and returned to Britain, where he was educated as a Christian. He tells us that he took holy orders as both presbyter and bishop, although no particular see is known as his at this time. A vision then called him to return to Ireland. This he did about the year 431……  Two works are attributed to Patrick: an autobiographical Confession, in which he tells us, among other things, that he was criticized by his contemporaries for lack of learning, and a Letter to Coroticus, a British chieftain. The Lorica or St. Patrick’s Breastplate (“I bind unto myself today”) is probably not his, but it expresses his faith and zeal.” (Great Cloud of Witnesses for March 17)

Patrick goes back to his former capturers in order to show them Christian love through the Christian Church.  Are we able to show love to those who have offended us? If we can do this, we too are saints.

Let us live to love, more than we just love to live, listening to what the Spirit is saying to, and through, the saints of God, while pondering anew what the Almighty can do.  John

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