Thursday, March 13, 2008

Daily Lenten Meditation

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

Lessons for the Day: Exodus 7:25-8:19;  2 Corinthians 3:7-18; Mark 10:17-31

Me.  Mine.  I want.  I need.  Get out of my way…  Look out world, I’m number one.

How many times do we encounter this on some level either as victims or (gulp!) guilty ourselves?  For example, an impatient driver who tailgates… a pedestrian trying to cross a busy intersection and drivers will not yield, the shopper who cuts off a customer who has been waiting patiently on line and then is rude to the cashier who has been on her feet for hours… excited children asking tired parents a million questions or wanting to tell them about their day at school only to be “tuned out…”

Likewise though, so many actions frequently are done unconsciously, and it is not about “me,” it is about God.  For example, saying thank you when someone holds a door… the child who does a helpful task at home or at school without being asked… acknowledging a co-worker for a job well-done… being a loyal, trustworthy confidant/friend… helping an elderly person pick up a dropped item… donating time at an animal shelter… giving to those less fortunate...  While some of these actions may seem trivial to some, it is from the heart we are hearing and responding to God’s wants and needs that we are kind and caring towards others.  He is number one.  It is when we put others before ourselves that we become closer to God.  It’s about sharing, helping, and being there for others.  God is talking.  Are you listening?  Do you hear him?