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PRAYER / Lenten Reflection 2005

Monday, February 28, 2005

“Athirst is my soul for the living God.”

Today’s scriptures tell of Naaman’s longing for a cure of leprosy and the people of Nazareth gathered in the synagogue waiting for Jesus’ words of comfort. They rejected what they heard. Naaman could not accept something so simple as a message to wash in the Jordan seven times. He wanted something more personal, the hand of the prophet to move over him, to bathe in a bigger and better river than the Jordan. Those assembled in the synagogue didn’t want to hear about the prophet coming to the aid of simple people, a widow and a leper. If I believe that Jesus is my savior, wouldn’t I need to deepen my hope and trust in God’s word?

Let me pray and find a message from the gospel in simple things, in ways that seem so easy. May my mind and heart be transformed so that my hope and trust in God will become a reality? I don’t need to change everything that I believe is wrong in our state, our country, or our world. But I can take one small step to be a voice for those who are voiceless, to change one aspect of life for one poor person. I can write one letter to a congressperson about health care for those who have none.

Contributor: Sister Ethel Howley

Last updated: Saturday, 19 February, 2005 11:43 PM

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