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I just got
off the phone from my favourite Sister-in-Law. It was an overwhelming experience as a
month ago I had been about to pay $ 500.00 to get an emergency passport so I
could fly to Mexico and help in a very stressful and confusing situation.
Marguerite had been admitted to hospital there and diagnosed with severe
dehydration, pneumonia and a blood clot on her lung. She was moved by ambulance
a hundred miles first to one hospital for emergency life-saving surgery then to
another for assessment and critical care nursing. Her heart stopped three times
and she was revived three times and put on life support. She was in a coma for
three weeks while we arranged for three churches and the Diocese of Calgary Cursillo
community to pray urgently. I said masses at St. Cuthbert’s, Sundre; St.
Edmunds, Calgary and with the Intercessors Group meeting in our home.
A paradox is when a statement that
seems to contradict itself is in fact a profound truth. To understand the
profound truth of Jesus teaching we need to examine it in the context of both
Biblical Prophecy and the dramatic events preceding the teaching. Daniel and
the Book of Enoch had prophesied a “Son of Man” would be sent by God to
intervene in history and restore the world domination of Israel. The Gospel
Reading follows the stories of the Raising of Lazarus, the Triumphant Entry into
Jerusalem and the Cleansing of the Temple. This is the last week of Jesus
ministry and things are moving to a dramatic conclusion.
Lent is a time of self-examination and
spiritual cleansing as we prepare for the great celebration of Easter.
Self-examination is not designed to make us feel guilty or bad.
Self-examination is meant to free us from feelings of guilt and shame that
prevent us from living a life of joy. The Good News is that “…God so loved the
world that he gave His only son so that all that believed in Him might have
eternal life.” It is hard for us to grasp how great the love of God is. It
includes all people of all races and religions. It is like a father who loves
his children enough to do whatever it takes to rescue his children from their
mistakes and restore them to a right relationship.
·The Readings teach us how this
works – how God has provided a way through Jesus Christ to pay the price for
our sins and restore us to right relationship. ·Sin – any rebellion against God’s
law of love is very serious and can lead to the death of our personal spirit
and soul ·God is holy and pure and nothing
unholy can survive in His presence ·Spiritual dimension specific
& legalistic – sin must be paid for by death ·Good news is God allows Jesus to
pay the price for our specific sins