Monday 3rd Week of Lent 2018
Naaman and the people of Nazareth had a difficult time accepting God’s gift.
The waters of the Jordan weren’t good enough for Naaman.
And the people of Jesus hometown thought they knew him.
In both instances, their hearts were close to God’s gift.
Why do people close their hearts to God’s gifts?
Why do people refuse to listen to his prophets?
Perhaps because God works in mysterious ways;
ways we don’t expect, ways that are foreign to us.
He calls us out of our comfort zone
which means out of ourselves and the human,
worldly ways we have grown accustomed.
Whatever the Lord is calling us to do – forgive another,
venture into a new ministry,
spend more time with him in his Word, make a good confession,
whatever it is that we are called to do,
realize that what is foreign and uncomfortable for us
is common and natural to the Lord.
We have to trust him to bring us
to what is natural for him will become natural for us.
He wants us to trust him to bring us
from our life in the world to his abundant life in the Holy Spirit.
Let us step out of our confinement and learn to trust in God
and his gift of love from the Holy Spirit.
Naaman, a foreigner, walked into the dirty waters of the Jordan River.
Remember, St. Peter walked on water with Jesus calling him to come.
We can learn from Naaman and St. Peter.
We can do what is uncomfortable, even impossible for us, but not for Jesus.
It is a simple snap of his finger.
We will better understand that everything in God’s kingdom is grace.
Be bold! Take courage! Trust in the Lord!
I promise you will rejoice!