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5th March 2017 - 1st Sunday of Lent

posted 3 Mar 2017, 09:07 by Veronica Yarwood   [ updated 3 Mar 2017, 09:10 ]




Creation is now and ongoing. Out of the dust and chaos

evolves the spirit filled human self, you and me and all

of us, in the image and likeness of God. All the birthing,

building and genesis unfolds in a context of life at once

enticing and good, a positive Garden of Eden. But

somehow it is never enough for our emerging humanity.

We want control. We want absolute control. We want

knowledge. We want all knowledge and we seek to

make our disastrous takeover bid for divinity. God‑

created creatures, there is that within us which would

have us live the lie that we are what we are not. Hence

the ongoing clash of the Titans, good and evil, light and

darkness, life and death, the truth and the satanic lie.

The issues are mega issues seen, felt, experienced and

heard throughout our world and even the universe. The

tsunami is not even a ripple by comparison. We take the

wrong turn and find ourselves out of Eden and into the


Given the God-driven dynamic of the creation, even the

wilderness is context for saving encounter. In the

wilderness, emerges the one who does the truth in the

face of the devil's lie, because he is the truth. The spirit‑

led Jesus proclaims our utter dependence on divine

providence. We certainly do not live on bread alone but

on every word that comes from the mouth of God. There

is more to life than food, drink, shelter and clothing.


There is the infinite mystery of the within-us God who is

love. We may not put this Lord, our God to the test by

living a life that contradicts that same God-given-life.

There is only one God. We must worship the Lord, our

God and serve him alone. Whatever the complexities

and they are infinite, this is where it all begins and never

ends. Like the creatures we are, we must let God be God

and Jesus Christ is our desert witness who reveals the

Almighty God and Father of us all.

In touch with God at the very centre of our being, we

come to know and love our true self, that beautiful

person who comes forth from divine, creative love. Free

from the false self we can be open to reality and right

living follows. We begin to get it together. What we do,

what we have and others opinions of us do not make us.

God makes us. God makes us what we are and God

makes us who we are; called to faith, called to trust and

called to victory in the face of mega evil. The outcome

is not in doubt. Ours is the victory through, with and in

the Lord.

"Oh Lord, open my lips

and my mouth shall declare your praise" (Ps. 50.4) is the

prayer of the creature on behalf of the whole creation.

"Father, you are holy indeed,

and all creation rightly gives you praise."