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Daily Thoughts During Lent
Lent April 13 Upside/down Faith
Since they had been without food for a long time, Paul then stood up among them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me and not have set sail from Crete and thereby avoided this damage and loss. I urge you now to keep up your courage, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. For last night there stood by me an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I worship, and he said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before the emperor; and indeed, God has granted safety to all those who are sailing with you.’ So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will be exactly as I have been told. But we will have to run aground on some island.”
Reflection: Faith in the God of mercy and grace has a tendency to spill over and touch others without notice. Paul's life is in jeopardy while sailing for Rome. The situation looks grim. Left in the hands of his captures or himself, Paul is doomed. Storms of various kinds can have us lose sight of where faith can lead us. Paul trust and believes that the storms will not be his demise. His faith gives him courage. His faith gives courage to others. That is the strange thing about upside/down faith, it is not exclusive. It is welcoming and encouraging, always hoping that it will take root as it spills over on the other.
Lent April 14 Upside/down Faith
Three months later we set sail on a ship that had wintered at the island, an Alexandrian ship with the Twin Brothers as its figurehead. We put in at Syracuse and stayed there for three days; then we weighed anchor and came to Rhegium. After one day there a south wind sprang up, and on the second day we came to Puteoli. There we found believers and were invited to stay with them for seven days. And so we came to Rome. The believers from there, when they heard of us, came as far as the Forum of Appius and Three Taverns to meet us. On seeing them, Paul thanked God and took courage.
Reflection: Going it alone as a Christian certainly may be tempting. Just a personal relationship with the Lord is all I need. After all communities of faith are messy. Relationships with other believers is difficult. Who need needs the stress. Who needs the conflicts that arise. I'll just go it alone. After reading the gospel accounts of Jesus life, one would think Jesus would have been better off going it alone. He did not. He saw great value in his discipleship, despite their messiness. Paul finally makes it to his destination, Rome. It is there, as well as, other places along the way that Paul is welcomed and supported by other believers. He does not have to go it alone. In your life in the faith who do you depend upon. Who is there to support you in times of trouble. Who is willing to lift you up when you stumble and fall? "And so we came to Rome. The believers from there, when they heard of us, came as far as the Forum of Appius and Three Taverns to meet us. On seeing them, Paul thanked God and took courage." I pray you have a faith community that encourages you and values you as a follower of Jesus Christ. I suspect Good Friday is often embraced as a personal experience, until we realize it's meaning is for the whole world.
enemies. But I really think it was his doing that pushed them over the edge. Extending healing love on the Sabbath, healing a leper, raising to life a girl and a women's son, feeding thousands of people, extending forgiveness to a sinful women. I'm just scratching the surface here. I wish desperately that this Week we call Holy would stir up the people again.
extends love through healing and miracles there is the belief and faith that life can be transformed and a new life lived. These Holy Days before us are the ultimate days of love does. All the healing, all the miracles, all the teachings of Jesus lead to the depth of God's love in this passion. Herod had been wanting to see Jesus for a long time - unfortunately he never truly sees him because he's looking for an entertainer not a savior who can transform life.
there with Jesus. One asks Jesus to use whatever power he has to get him out of this mess. The other understands the situation fully. I deserve to be hanging here - he doesn't! Unlike Herod who hasn't a clue who is standing before him, this guy knows exactly who is hanging next to him. All he asks of Jesus is to be remembered when Jesus moves from the cross to his kingdom. Dear friend, here is the biggest love does of all - Jesus says not only will I remember you but I invite you to share in my kingdom; "Today you will be with me in paradise." Words from the cross worth remembering.
me description is used of Joseph who was betrothed to Mary the mother of Jesus. Both these Joseph's took the risk of caring for Jesus, one at the beginning and one at the end of Jesus' life. Both are used to tell the story not knowing how it will end. But both are willing to risk their status and reputation on the unknown. Joseph says yes to God and Mary and steps out in faith. Joseph of Arimathea part of the council that sentenced Jesus to death (he didn't agree with the plan we are told) boldly steps forward and places Jesus lifeless body in a tomb. Maybe that is really what Easter is about, what love does is all about - stepping out in faith regardless what people think, not knowing what God has in store next.
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