Lent is levelling up in Jesus

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
Photo by author, 22 March 2023, Sacred Heart Novitiate, Novaliches, Quezon City.
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.

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