Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent Reflection

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“I will make with them a covenant of peace; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them, and I will multiply them, and put my sanctuary among them forever. My dwelling shall be with them; I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”

[Ezekiel 37:26-27]

On this final day of Theme Five, we return again—as we do when we grow weary or when we question or when we simply forget—to the promise that God made to His people: my dwelling shall be with them. As we struggle to do God’s will on the margins we remember the covenant made and, especially as Easter approaches, we hold in our hearts the memory of God’s Son, our model for how to live as Xaverians, as Christians, and as human beings.

The margin is a complicated and challenging place, which is why we seek communion in our desire to persist there. Work on the margin sometimes seems to take more than it gives. The realities we face there can confound and horrify us. And we question whether the marginalized are ever moving toward inclusion—a total reconciled Communion. Where is this promise? And when?

But it is there, in the weariness and in the questioning that we grow too big; our desire exceeds our giftedness. And so we need to call to mind, from some primal place, this memory: I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

 

Recommended Exercise

Take 15-30 minutes for the following exercise.

Find quiet and read the passage slowly. Chewing on each line—giving it your deepest attention.

I will make with them a covenant of peace;
it shall be an everlasting covenant with them,
and I will multiply them,
and put my sanctuary among them forever.
My dwelling shall be with them;
I will be their God,
and they shall be my people.

What line remains? What feeling is within as you read that line, again and again.

Speak with God.

 

Prayer

Awesome and powerful God, we ask for the courage to live the radical life of communion on the margins. Make us a home in the desert, so that we may manifest Your care and compassionate love to those who are marginalized among us. We ask this in the name of Jesus, Your Son and our brother. Amen.

 

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