Lent – Sunday week 5

This Sunday’s gospel reflection is here.

Continuing the thought about Dyer’s ideas about ego and universal mind, today’s gospel talks about losing your life to save it. And Dyer talked about wish fulfillment, and I could imagine many people thinking, ‘If only all my wishes came true!’ They would have missed the point – that the fulfillment is for things that are not for your ego.

When you read about someone (or know them personally), who seems to have everything, it usually turns out that they are missing something deeply. They turn to other stimulants to replace what they have not been able to buy.

There are several charities that promise to fulfill someone’s wish. And some of those wishes are worthwhile; the others I will not judge. I am not in their shoes and have not shared their experience. And I know what it’s like to get your wish.

When God touches you, joy and gratitude, and laughter – yes, laughter, explode from within you. That’s the power of God.

I hope this Lent has not been one of sorrow, but rather, of joy and laughter. Of ‘linking arms’ with God, and realizing that the journey we take, every step we are accompanied by the sacred one.

Lent – Monday week 5

Home stretch. Our last week before the week leading up to Palm Sunday and then the Triduum leading to Easter.

Kind of like preparing for a parade or more like entering a crowded room where everyone is waiting for you, waiting to cheer you.

I wonder what was going through Jesus’ mind, if he actually did this. For some reason, it doesn’t fit with how I picture his life. I would not expect him to want to be the center of attention, but then, all these thoughts are self-limiting, as well as God-limiting.

What if you recognized the God in everyone as they entered your space? Would you be as welcoming as the people were for the man on a donkey? Maybe what we can learn from this story is that God gives us hope, gives us something that fills us with joy. If only we would take a moment and recognize it.

The form may not be the one you expect.

I think Francis of Assisi would agree: In everything, God is.