Friday 3 March 2017

Fri 3rd. Day of Penance. St Cunegund. Is 58:1-9a; Mt 9:14-15

In this special Lenten series – Darkness to light: An intimate journey with Jesus – our guest writer looks to the Gospel stories for answers to the questions that many of us ask when faced with difficult times.

‘The time will come for the bridegroom to be taken away …’

The message in these early readings for Lent is consistently grim: yesterday we heard that Jesus will suffer greatly and be rejected and put to death. Today we hear that in the midst of the wedding, fragrant with love and joy and promise, when all seems perfect bliss, soldiers might burst in and take the bridegroom away. We are beyond shocked, beyond disbelieving. How can God do this? Is this the perverse way of a sadistic God, as the new atheists argue? But then I realise that I am alive.
I have not been taken away. Only the bridegroom has been taken away: his love is such that he lets himself be taken away by the powers of darkness
so that we may live in light. This deepening understanding of such great love, now known but soon to be lost, only increases my tears. Lord, help me stay close to you on this way of living and dying.

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