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A couple of lines stand out for me in the Gospel this week. One - the Greeks come to Philip and Andrew to ask to see Jesus. Makes me wonder what we would do when people come asking to see Jesus. Will they find him in church? in us? Second is the statement by Jesus "when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all people to myself." It reminds me of magnets and iron filings - the force of the magnet makes the iron filings line up in a pattern of the force field. The death of Jesus, along with his birth, life and resurrection are a part of salvation (the healing) of the world. When we are aligned with God we are at peace and able to feel connected to others and the holy even when things are difficult.
Jeremiah says that "I (God) will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts." To me this is another way of saying we are a part of the holiness of creation. Sometimes we forget or we act in ways that separate us from our true selves. The psalmist's remedy is found in Psalm 51 -- the great song of prayer for forgiveness and amendment of life. We begin Lent with this psalm - it is a way of beginning to recognize how far short we fall of who we are created to be - the image of God in this world. Right relationships are the path back to coming to ourselves (as is said of the demoniac when he is healed).
God came among us in Christ to show us the way. It is a way of the servant to the creation and all people.
Next week will be Palm Sunday when we will lift up all our ideas of who we think the Messiah might be - but Good Friday and Easter will show us something beyond our wildest imaginings.