40 Shades of Lent by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Tuesday in the Fifth Week of Lent, 28 March 2023 Number 21:4-9 >>> +++ <<< John 8:21-30
Dearest God our Father, help me to level up in Jesus, let me shift_ my being in Christ to see things in Your perspectives unlike the Israelites who complained against You and Moses while in the wilderness when their "patience (was) worn out by the journey" (Num. 21:4) that they failed to see You and Your blessings pouring upon them.
Let me be like the poor people in the crowd listening to Jesus who came to believe in Him after saying:
“When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I AM, and that I do nothing on my own, but I say only what the Father taught me. The one who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, because I always do what is pleasing to him.”John 8:28-29
How funny and ironic that the Pharisees could not understand Jesus when speaking in literal and figurative senses because they have boxed Him in their minds, constricting the very person of Christ in their own understanding. Many times, Father, we are like them. So true are the words of Jesus "You belong to what is below, I belong to what is above. You belong to this world, but I do not belong to this world" (John 8:23).
On many occasions, loving Jesus, You have expressed how we your disciples must be in the world but never of the world. Enable us to level up in You so that in the same manner lead others up to you. Amen.