Lenten Meditation – April 9, 2011

APRIL 9, 2011

Lesson: Psalm 107:33-43, 108:1-13, 33, Jeremiah 23:9-23, Romans 9:1-18,
John 6:60-71

The Bible readings for today are all “difficult”. REALLY DIFFICULT!

John says in chapter 6 that many of Jesus’ disciples stopped following him because they found His teachings about the Eucharist too difficult to accept. Isn’t cannibalism immoral and disgusting?

In chapter 9 of his letters to the Romans, Paul warns the early church: “So it depends not on human will or exertion but on God who shows mercy…..on whomever he chooses….and….hardens the heart of whomever he chooses.” What role does that give to personal responsibility, free will, and the survival of the fittest?

Jeremiah quotes God as saying; “Both prophets and priests are ungodly, even in my house….Therefore I will bring disaster upon them in the year of their punishment.” If you can’t find godliness in God’s priests and prophets, where can you find it?

In Psalm 107, the psalmist observes that “When they are diminished and brought low through oppression, trouble, and sorrow, he (i.e., God) pours contempt on princes and makes them wander in trackless wastes….” Shouldn’t the severity of the punishment be commensurate with the severity of the crime?

O Lord, Help us to find correction, as well as consolation, in the Bible. Help us to understand its complex truths as well as its simple truths. Help us to be comfortable with mystery, with as yet unanswered questions, because of our confidence in your all encompassing love and compassion. AMEN

Richard Russell

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