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To mark a holy season, let us not think we are better - Meditation for Saturday in Lent I

They thought they had right
On their side,
Those Pharisees.
But being right
Made a necessity
Of judging others wrong,
Especially this Jesus.
He had “harvested”
And fed himself
And his friends
To fuel their journey
But on a Sabbath.

He had healed,
Made a person whole,
But on a Sabbath.
The religious people
Had rules to keep
And, this Jesus,
He had life abundant
To live and give.

Our Lenten fast
Are not to make us
Proud of what we
Can do without.
Our Lenten fasts
Are to free us
With time and energy
To feed the hungry
And heal the sick.
If we fail
Some days
To keep our fast,
Let us not condemn
If others fail
To mark a holy season,
Let us not
Think we are better.
Let us
Look for opportunities
To do good
And not evil,
Even to ourselves.
Let us choose what gives life
And share it.

The readings for Saturday of Lent I are Psalm 55, Genesis 41. 1-13, 1 Cor 4.1-7, Mark 2.23-3.6, and can be found at

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