Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Wash Yourselves Clean

By Beth DeCristofaro

Wash yourselves clean! Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes; cease doing evil; learn to do good.  Make justice your aim: redress the wronged, hear the orphan’s plea, defend the widow. Come now, let us set things right, says the LORD: Though your sins be like scarlet,
they may become white as snow;
(Isaiah 1:16-18)

You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers.  Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven.  Do not be called ‘Master’; you have but one master, the Christ.  The greatest among you must be your servant.  Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”  (Matthew 23:8-12)

Show me, I beseech you, O God, your saving power.  Fill me that I might be steadfast and seek only You.    (From Psalm 50)

Snow again and I have mixed feelings.   Shoveling is just not my favorite activity.  Also it is inconvenient to adjust plans.  My mom who lives alone now has 5+ inches to isolate her.  However the beauty and hush of snow is so calming.  Snowfall does give one a sense of purity.  While I do not believe that the world is itself unclean but when dirty streets and murky skies are covered, over our eyes delight in pristine spotlessness.  The stillness of snow falling and mounding opens the ears to really listen to what might not be heard in the rush of every day.

Isaiah goes on to say that one must “be willing and obey” in order to become clean before the Lord.  Jesus warns that external whiteness can disguise hypocrisy and filth.  Shoveling snow is difficult physically and shoveling false snow off of one’s own face, actions and out of one’s heart and motivations is equaling demanding.  Our one Master, the Christ, can hold that shovel with us as we cannot do so alone. 

As part of my Lenten journey I can consider what lies hidden by the practices I have adopted as Catholic, Christian woman.  What in my journey to Jesus and with Jesus is actually distraction or a false road to Him?  Pray to be honest, joyful and hopeful in redirecting this journey with humility and faith.

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