Scripture: Deuteronomy 10:12-22
Key verses: (14-15) 14Although heaven and the heaven of heavens belong to the LORD your God, the earth with all that is in it, 15yet the LORD set his heart in love on your ancestors alone and chose you, their descendants after them, out of all the peoples, as it is today.
Reflection: In Lent, our desire is to take an honest look at ourselves. By admitting our sin and our need for God, our hearts are prepared to approach the mystery of Easter, and the abundant grace poured out for us in Jesus Christ. Forty days of focus on our sinfulness is a long time. Some of us get stuck there. We forget how beloved we are. We forget that God does not leave us there, in our sin. And we forget that it is not up to us to rescue ourselves. God is the One who chooses us, forgives us, and then calls us into a life of discipleship, lived in gratitude and love, sharing that message with others.
Richard Rohr, in Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality says this:
“Think of the many, many stories about God choosing people. There are Moses, Abraham, and Sarah; there are David, Jeremiah, Gideon, Samuel, Jonah, and Isaiah. There is Israel itself. Much later there are Peter and Paul, and, most especially, Mary. God is always choosing people. First impressions aside, God is not primarily choosing them for a role or a task, although it might appear that way. God is really choosing them to be God’s self in this world, each in a unique situation. If they allow themselves to experience being chosen, being a beloved, being somehow God’s presence in the world, they invariably communicate that same chosenness to others. And thus the Mystery passes on from age to age. Yes, we do have roles and tasks in this world, but finally they are all the same—to uniquely be divine love in a way that no one else can or will.”
Today, give thanks that you are chosen by God. Before, during and after Lent. Before, during and after you have managed to turn your life around. Just as all those whom you meet today are, as well.
Prayer: God, help me know myself as your chosen child, just as I am. Then, as I endeavor to live in response to that amazing grace, help me communicate that same chosenness to others. In the name of Christ I pray. Amen.
Author: Julie Hester
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].