As Moses confronts the Pharaoh:
Please notice one thing about Moses. When GOD asks him to do something, Moses often replies I can’t do that I am not good at that. Moses then listens and eventually does what he is asked to do. What Moses is good at is listening, and he is obedient. Lent is about doing things. Listening for GODS word, and being obedient to His commands are two good to do during lent. Listen.
There was a man of the tribe of Levi who had taken a woman of Levi as his wife. She conceived and gave birth to a son and, seeing what a fine child he was, she kept him hidden for three months. When she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him; coating it with bitumen and pitch, she put the child inside and laid it among the reeds at the river’s edge. His sister stood some distance away to see what would happen to him. It’s not a bad time to think of Moses, his name means he was drawn out of the water. Moses was drawn from the water when the Egyptian woman retrieved that basket his mother placed him in as protection against the pharaoh. The basket, protection from destruction just as the ark of Noah offered protection from the flood. Boat and basket, both arks. Boat, basket, ark of the covenant, manger. Note Moses mother placed him in that ark, that mother that gave birth to him. Note to the woman who drew him out of the water, pay attention to the protection she gives him. Mary, mother of God. Look where Moses is suspended. On one side the love of his mother, on the other the fear of the Pharaoh. Suspended in an ark made of paper, saved by the love of a woman who drew him out of the water. That woman’s love conquered the fear of a Pharaoh. Love as Moses entered the water, and love when he was drawn out of that water. Salvation. Mary never abandons her Son. Not at the annunciation, nor in the manger, or at the foot of the cross.
The tradition of the Fridays of Lent is to walk the way of the Cross. Traditionally this was done at around 3:00, a reminder of Good Friday. Today that hour is often shifted to one that can boost attendance in a church. I don’t know how to feel about that. On one hand there is the abandonment of tradition. On the other the shift opens a path to others. In allowing some to attend, others are excluded. What to do? Personally, I prefer the 3:00 hour. That is my bias, but I do realize others can’t keep to that schedule. Solution? The prayers of the Cross can be carried in a pamphlet (or probably on an APP) , and prayed on almost any walk. The walk, a city street, or a country trail. That is the best some can do.
Switzerland declares Lobsters can no longer be “boiled alive.” Lobsters now must be sedated before being placed in the pot. Also, the creature can no longer be stored “on ice.” The animal must be stored in its natural environment. Cruelty has been eliminated and humane treatment is finally guaranteed for the crustacean.
(**no word yet on the humane treatment of humans)
Today some friends lower a paralytic through a roof. ho-hum, what to say. Quick to the first reading. The people gripe to Solomon they need a king. The LORD gripes to Solomon, they want someone else to follow except HIM. King, false god. Presidents and politicians. That fakery versus the LORD King of All Creation.
Back to the guy lowered through the roof. Paralyzed, it’s a social illness. Note ( this is important ) how he was blocked, by the masses. The crowds. Society, the ruling majority. “Keep a cripple a cripple.” They scream, silently. Not so silently, with pitchforks and torches.
But friends, righteously lend a hand. Disregard the kings of populism. They reach the king of all creation. Their friend healed.
Sometimes its important to recognize who the crowds are. The curious? The followers? The rebellion. Not all crowds that gathered around the Christ were in fellowship with Him. Listen to the crowd just before the cross. Crucify Him! Crucify Him! Can anyone hear that same crowd today? And today, who lowers that cripple to be healed?
Friday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 309 1 Sm 8:4-7, 10-22a Mk 2:1-12
I could add ( http://bit.ly/2zRFRq1 ) that the one who buried their talents was a Roman (gasp). When a war looms large, those in the country side often buried their valuables for fear of loosing them in battle.
Jesus did preach a new kingdom, and some loyal to the old kingdom might have seen the threat, they might have seen the disciples talents bearing fruit. Under the old kingdom, people were drained to near lifelessness. The disciples were the opposite, they sprung to life. Its just my two cents