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dc.contributor.authorSchlegel, John, S.J.en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 257en_US
dc.description.abstractLooking out the airplane window, reflecting on today's readings, I found myself thinking forwards and backwards--evaluating my Lenten journey. Today, the Monday in the week we call "holy," we look forward to the culmination of this season of grace in the sacred triduum and the annual ritual enactment of our salvation--the passion, death and resurrection of the Lord. Heady stuff! Grace abounds!|So how goes your Lent? Take the time to look backwards to a quintet of weeks in review.|I will be no thinner, nor more patient, nor less demanding or critical come Easter; but I have looked into the eyes of the poor as I served them stew. I have prayed a bit longer and better; and I have an even greater appreciation for this website, my guide for this Lenten season.|My Lenten mantra was "Lord, send my roots rain." I wanted to go vertical this Lent, down as deep as I could go to re-green my fondest held beliefs and review my instincts for the things of God. To become more gentle, patient and compassionate, "Lord, send my roots rain." To be more forgiving and accepting, "Lord, send my roots rain." To repent my human weaknesses and embrace renewal, "Lord, send my roots rain." To repent and re-orient my life, "Lord, send my roots rain."|Today's reading from Isaiah (ch. 42) is one of the four servant-of-the-lord oracles, filled with prophecies of a God seeking a better world and a more faithful people. The Christian tradition sees these prophecies fulfilled in Jesus, the Christ.|In today's reading we find: "Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one with whom I am pleased, upon whom I have put my spirit; he shall bring forth justice to the nations, not crying out, not shouting, or making his voice heard in the street. A bruise reed he shall not break, and a smoldering wick he shall not quench..."|On Good Friday another servant song is read: "See, my servant shall prosper, he shall be raised high and greatly exalted..."|Both passages draw us from our Lenten reflections to the rest of the story. Today's Gospel, too, points us to the triduum: and #8226; Jesus exhorts Mary to save the fragrant ointment for his burial; and #8226; Lazarus was raised from the dead; what symbolism! and #8226; And "The people were turning from their leaders and believing in Jesus..."|All of these human experiences foretold what was about to happen. Just as our Lenten experiences, more modest to be sure, prepare us for what is to come.|So many things fall into place; gradually the past weeks close in on us and the significance of what is opening before us fills us with awe, with grace and with opportunities. Lord during this sacred season, "send my roots rain."en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.subject.otherHoly Week - Mondayen_US
dc.titleReflection for March 17, 2008: Monday of Holy Week.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitPresident's Officeen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorSchlegel, John P., S.J.en_US Weeken_US 6en_US
dc.subject.local1Isaiah 42:1-7en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 27:1, 2, 3, 13-14en_US
dc.subject.local4John 12:1-11en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US IIen_US

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