40 Shades of Lent by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Tuesday in the Fifth Week of Lent, 05 April 2022 Numbers 21:4-9 <*[[[[>< + ><]]]]*> John 8:21-30
From Mount Hor the children of Israel set out on the Red Sea road, to bypass the land of Edom. But with their patience worn out by the journey, the people complained against God and Moses, “Why have you brought us out of Egypt to die in this desert, where there is no food or water? We are disgusted with this wretched food!”Numbers 21:4-5
O God our Father, I must admit like the Israelites, I feel impatient, I feel so tired already in this five weeks of Lent; like a child with all sarcasm and insults, I feel like asking "are we there yet?"
Help me O God in this long journey of Lent, of life itself, especially during these two years of the pandemic; many among us have been worn out of staying home, of being told to quarantine, of having those vaccines, of those sitting all day before the computer screen for our on line classes and work from home.
Forgive us, O God, when we get impatient in the journey of life, when we rationalize everything like the Pharisees when Jesus told them, "I am going away and you will look for me... where I am going you cannot come" (John 8:21); forgive us, dear God, when we can't wait for our own "hour", in rushing everything that we miss Christ passing by in this journey of life as our companion.
Open our minds and our hearts, our eyes and our arms to believe in Jesus your Son who had come to lead us back to you, our true home, our "Promised Land"; remind us that you O Lord is not a concept to be understood but a Person - the I AM WHO AM - to be accepted and loved. Amen.