I will meditate on all your work,
and muse on your mighty deeds.
Your way, O God, is holy.
What god is so great as our God?
You are the God who works wonders;
you have displayed your might among the peoples.
With your strong arm you redeemed your people,
the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.
So often during lent we choose a path of detachment in order to draw closer to God or perhaps ourselves. As we consider all the marvelous God has done, perhaps this powerful and optimistic psalm will invite us to embrace not a spirit of detachment but rather a spirit of total attachment; a total attachment to the love of God made known throughout the ages and most profoundly through His Son, Christ Jesus.
While a spirit of poverty is absolutely necessary for the Christian journey, detaching oneself from the vises of this world does not always assure the desired goal of being attached to God. Make God the Holy Lover in your life and as you attach yourself to God's Love you will naturally detach yourself from that which is not life giving.
Loving: be it a partner, a parent or friend, we know intrinsically what to say and what to do, what not to say and what not to do when that person walks through the door or calls because of our love for them. As we prayer for guidance during this Lenten season, we must be aware of what we pray for as it can tell us a lot about our relationship with The Other. If we are asking what to do, what not to do, what to say and what not to say; it could be a sign that we are out of relationship with God as the Holy Lover or out of relationship with ourselves, indeed the preverbal "I was beside myself" (which is literally outside of our self). Fear not, for our God is a mighty who performs miracles amongst the nations and has saved His people and has not abandoned the descendants of Jacob and of Joseph and will not abandon us. Like any love that comes from a friend, parent or partner, God will not judge but rather, stay with us knowing what to do and what not to do, what to say and what not to say. Be it clear words or actions or a calming note of silence; accept it all as a gift that God best knew you needed. We are loved.
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