Reflection for March 22, 2015

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Dying and rising: Jesus models obedience to God so that we may have salvation

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by Sister Carolyn Zahringer

Raised in a Jewish family, Jesus was steeped in covenant language. He probably read the Book of Jeremiah multiple times. Jeremiah records a promise of a new covenant which will be written upon the heart. There will no longer be a need to teach friends and relatives HOW to know the Lord. (Jer. 31:33,34)

  • What has happened to us that the covenant is NOT written deeply on our hearts?
  • Has it gotten stuck in our head as knowledge only, but not a lived reality of the head and heart?

John's Gospel records Jesus' words for today: "... unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit." Jn. 12:24

  • Taking into account our personal age, how many cycles of dying and bearing fruit have we experienced in our lifetime?
  • Is now another planting cycle?


5 Comment(s)

  • Fran: Friday, March 20, 2015

    Thanks, Carrie, for raising such pertinent questions to reflect upon. Pondering time needed.

  • Bert: Friday, March 20, 2015

    Thank you Sister Carrie for the reminder that it is important for the head and heart to know how to Love the Lord.

  • Tom Vandervest: Saturday, March 21, 2015

    Great questions, Sister Carolyn. We are continuously dying, but are we bringing forth the fruit we should be in our lives? We are very valuable as Jesus has taught, now we should be living our value to others.

  • Linda: Sunday, March 22, 2015

    • What has happened to us that the covenant is NOT written deeply on our hearts?

    And the question's "other side" is also valid:
    "What has NOT happened to us ...." In other words, what's been missing, neglected, oppressed / repressed within us, our church, our culture that has not allowed for a Full-Hearted response to an Over- Full-Hearted Loving God?"

    I ask this question because the first time I visited one of my sons in college (in 1994?) I was struck by a poster of a quote from Einstein that his roommate had put up: "I only want to know God's mind; all the rest is detail."

    My immediate response was, I would change that to: "I only want to know God's Heart ....... [all the rest is detail.]

    That has stayed with me so much so, as the quote itself was a big eye-opener for me as to what's been "missing" or "amiss" from our Full View.

    •Is now another planting cycle?

    Oh my, what a thought! Really?! After all I've been through?! Do you mean I still have the opportunity to share in the work of "new life?!"

    (One wonders if this isn't some of how Mary Magdalene felt at that Early Morning Tomb Encounter?)

  • Laura Zelten: Sunday, March 22, 2015

    Thanks Carrie, very thought provoking.