Saturday 14 September 2019

About Today Readings

Triumph of the Cross
Numbers 21:4-9. Psalm 77(78):1-2, 34-38. Philippians 2:6-11. John 3:13-17.
Do not forget the works of the Lord! – Psalm 77(78):1-2, 34-38
‘Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness?’

How often do we cry out to God to liberate us from something that bows us down, a situation where we are carrying too a heavy burden, an unrelenting exhaustion and weariness, only to turn around to God at some point and tell him that the liberation or the cure hurts more than the familiar or comfortable imprisonment? How often do we fail to trust our God to deliver us from all that binds us because the unbinding can also be painful? ‘Freedom is hard to bear’, as James Baldwin said. Liberation from what enslaves us requires us to accept responsibility for our actions and their consequences. It requires us to be in an ongoing conversation with God as we discern the magis, the more, and discern how to enter more deeply into each moment that is offered to us, and to listen to the still voice of God inviting us into freedom. May we always turn our ears to God’s voice in our lives and not be afraid of the new life God brings us into, even when it can sometimes feel like a new death.

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