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Sunday, March 7, 2021

Reflection 2021-03-08 Monday Week 3 in Lent

2 Kings 5:1-15; Psalm 42; Luke 4:24-30
The Readings speak of two kind of people who did not believe the Word of God. The First Reading tells us of Naaman, a commander of the army of the King of Aram. He had leposy and went to Elijah to be healed. Elisha told him to go and wash at the River Jordan and he went off angry. But his servants managed to convince him to obey what Elisha said, which he did. And when he obeyed, he was healed of his leprosy. The second type of people were those in Nazareth whom Jesus preached to. They would not accept the teaching of Jesus and even attempted to hurl him off the cliff.
God often reveals himself in ways we do not expect and he reveals himself as someone we do not expect. In the case of Naaman, he was expecting Elisha to come out and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and would wave his hand over the spot and cure the leprosy. He was disappointed when all he got was an instruction through Elisha’s messenger. Naaman however was healed when he obeyed the message. He trusted in the word of the prophet. But the people in Nazareth were steadfast in their rejection of the way God reveals himself, through Jesus! They did not believe because Jesus was too ordinary for them.
When we come to the Lord, we can always expect God to reveal himself, but not necessarily in ways we expect. Repentance is changing the way we perceive God because he is beyond our ways. This does not mean we are not to use our reason because God uses the natural to reveal the supernatural.
Lord, reveal yourself to me. Work in my life so I can know you. But open my heart, so I can accept you as you are and in the way you reveal yourself. Let me not let my biases or pre-conceived ideas of you cloud my mind. I long for you, as the deer longs for yearning stream, but let my eyes see you so I will not reject you.

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