Third Sunday in Lent Ten Commandments
Before the ten prohibitions
“You shall not...”
God affirms, “I am”
As Jesus turns out the money changers
from the Temple,
he declares “You shall not
Turn my Fathers house into a marketplace”.
Then in coded message
Raising up the Temple
In three days ,
He reveals his mission
"I am the Resurrection
and the Life.”
Second Sunday in Lent Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac
God calls Abraham
And he replies “Here I am”.
The task is a minefield of loyalty.
How do we hear it?
Or Isaac's shock at his father's intent?
Abraham seeks only
to be present
"Here I am"
is the one repeated phrase he utters.
It is the same with Peter
on the mount of transfiguration;
"Here we are. It is good to be here".
In the moment
open to God
whatever is asked
however it looks
is the only response
God longs for.
First Sunday in Lent Mark 1. 12
John begins his life in the barren womb
of an older woman:
the desert is a familiar place.
He is preparing the ground
for his cousin
who has been born from vitality
but today enters
dryness and conflict.
John, always a fore runner
will meet death before his kinsman
but both align together at the Jordan,
wade into the water of baptism
and exchange places
as the story of Jesus begins...........