Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Lent Reflection 6

Luke 11: 29-32

29 When the crowds were increasing, he began to say, "This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign shall be given to it  except the sign of Jonah. 30 For as Jonah became a sign to the men of Nin'eveh, so will the Son of man be to this generation. 31 The queen of the South will arise at the judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them; for she came from the ends of the earth to  hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here. 32 The men of Nin'eveh will arise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.

What would Jesus say to our generation? A generation which desires worldly wealth, whilst others go hungry. A generation quick to comment on the misdeeds of others, without looking at ones own sinfulness. A generation which fights wars based on power and greed, which kill innocents.

Is this generation really that different from the one which Jesus is addressing? God is in our midst and we are so caught up in the world that we miss Him.

So this is Lent, recognising our sinfulness, drawing nearer to God with open hearts, and through any means available proclaiming the Kingdom in an unjust world.

God, the Holy Mystery,
Help me to stop trying to manage you, and rather leave myself open to your direction. May I, albeit reluctantly at times, let you direct my life this Lent and forever. Amen.

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