Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Daily Lenten Meditation

Each day in Lent I will post a meditation from one of our parishioners.  Their names are not listed to protect their privacy

The Lessons for the day:  Genesis 37:25-36;  1 Corinthians 2:1-13;  Mark 1:29-45

If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.   -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 

If there is anything that saddens me on an ongoing basis, it is the level of animosity that we find between individuals and whole peoples.  So often, that animosity, even hatred, is based on false assumptions and half-truths.

I doubt I will ever be best friends with some people, but I believe Lent is a beautiful time to think about the "secret history of our enemies," and wonder if perhaps our hostility can be disarmed.  After all, Lent is the time to look at the beam in our own eyes rather than the speck in the other's.

Now, in Lent, may be a good time to change the way we look at others -- from their eye-speck to their secret history of sorrow and suffering.  In changing our focus, we might come closer to seeing God