Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Tuesday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time
Today, in God’s Lavish Mercy, as we prepare to launch into Lent, we receive wonderful advice from Peter.
Peter talks about the Hebrew prophets who, even before the birth of Jesus, shared in the same Holy Spirit with Whom Jesus is One God. Peter says that the Spirit testifies that Christ’s suffering will lead to glory and will, at the same time, transform us:
Concerning the salvation of our souls …1 Peter 1: 10-13
… the Spirit of Christ within the prophets indicated
when it testified in advance
to the sufferings destined for Christ
and the glories to follow them.
Peter says, basically, “Don’t be dopes! Jump on that blessing and make the most of it!”
Lent offers us a great opportunity to do just what Peter encourages. By our sincere, thoughtful and open prayer with the Lenten scriptures, we can come closer to the Christ Who loves and redeems us.
Peter puts it very simply – simply enough that I am going to leave it at this profound invitation:
Poetry: from Rumi
There comes a holy and transparent time when every touch of beauty opens the heart to tears. This is the time the Beloved of heaven is brought tenderly on earth. This is the time of the opening of the ROSE.
Music: The Rose – Bette Midler
As I prayed with this beautiful song, I thought of the Rose as the Resurrected Jesus.