He opens my ear-I set my face like flint.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

 He opens my ear-I set my face like flint.
Wednesday of Holy Week

In the first scripture reading today, Isaiah speaks about his relationship with God during all his struggles: God has given me a well- trained tongue…; he opens my ear that I may hear…; the Lord God is my help.

He then says, because of God’s presence, he was able to do what he was called to do  I….speak to the weary; … I hear;…  I have not rebelled;  I have not turned back;… I gave my back to those who beat me and my cheeks to those who plucked my beard;…  my face I did not shield from buffets and spitting;… I am not disgraced; I have set my face like flint.

Our reflections all during lent are meant to bring us to a deeper realization of God’s presence to us each moment of every day.   And because of that, we bring God’s presence to everyone with whom we come into contact.   We show God’s presence through patience, listening, noticing, caring, smiling, helping…..

In today’s gospel, even though God was present to them,  the disciples did not respond as Isaiah did.  Judas, frustrated that the kingdom Jesus was proclaiming was not the one he was expecting, betrayed Jesus and later killed himself.  And Peter, although full of good intentions and later repented, became overcome with fear did not profess to being a disciple of Jesus.

Pope Francis, in the first Holy Week of his pontificate, pointed out each of the persons who were involved in the passion narrative and their responses to the situation they were in.  The Pope recommended that we listen to and read the passion with an ear to hearing what each experience is saying to us and then deepen in our own relationship with Jesus by responding to our personal call and doing what it calls us to do.

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