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Daily Thoughts During Lent
Lent March 28 Upside/down faith
When they (Barnabas and Saul) arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. And they had John also to assist them. When they had gone through the whole island as far as Paphos, they met a certain magician, a Jewish false prophet, named Bar-Jesus. He was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man, who summoned Barnabas and Saul and wanted to hear the word of God. But the magician Elymas (for that is the translation of his name) opposed them and tried to turn the proconsul away from the faith. But Saul, also known as Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him and said, “You son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, full of all deceit and villainy, will you not stop making crooked the straight paths of the Lord?
Reflection: That was then, this is now. How else do you explain Saul becoming Paul? A new identity given as Saul now Paul is filled with the Holy Spirit. The first thing that Paul does is to call out evil, " You son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, full of all deceit and villainy, will you not stop making crooked the straight paths of the Lord?" The interesting thing is that these words could have been spoken to the old Saul when he persecuted the church. Living the life of a Christian turns ones view of the world upside/down because Jesus had a propensity for turning things upside/down. I suspect, Saul is now Paul, because that was then and this is now. Being a follower of Jesus Christ (Immanuel - God with us) is always a now event. A today event. At this moment event. When we realize that, then we have the ability to recognize evil and the enemy of all righteousness, and how close it dwells to us. Now, Paul lives his faith upside/down making a straight path to the Lord rather than a crooked one.
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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