Advice Before Take-off

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 …
… 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.

1 Peter 1: 10-13

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:

Photo by Engin Akyurt on

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.

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