Reflection for Tuesday, March 2, 1999: 2nd week in Lent.
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Today's readings are hard-edged, clear, uncompromising. No comfortable ambiguity. No "ifs, ands or buts," as my mother used to say.||My habit when I encounter readings like these is to think first of all the people I know who ought to read and heed them. It is so easy to become lost in finger-pointing and blame-placing.|Fortunately, I eventually get around to realizing how much the readings apply to me. They are not about condemning one or another group -- they are about taking stock of my behavior in light of the word of God. These seemingly harsh words are about the ragged edges of life, the places where I encounter God, the places where my choices make a difference in the lives of others.|There is a cliche about walking the walk instead of talking the talk. What comes after I say I am a Christian, a follower of Jesus? How and why do I say that, and what difference does it make in my life? Today's readings offer some fairly obvious clues.|The messages take on a particular clarity during Lent.|"Make justice your aim: redress the wronged, hear the orphan's plea, defend the widow."|Isaiah has a talent for keeping it simple. And could anything be more straightforward than the words of Jesus?|". . . you have but one father in Heaven."|In the end, what at first appears to be a harsh challenge is in reality a gentle invitation to allow faith, compassion and kindness to rule my days.|How could I ask for more?
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