Sunday, 17 May 2015

Bali execution: madness?

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Daily Gospel with a prayerful heart.
By Louise Crossley (No.120)

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John 16:12-15
“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you.  All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

This scripture reminds me of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran .
The Lord had much to say to these young men executed in Bali recently; much they would not have believed or borne had they known their fate in advance. Even we observers are divided by the message of this event. 
Some say that the world has gone mad in admiring drug dealers who paid their dues.  
Others, like me, believe they have been sent by God Himself to give us sinners hope of renewal; to demonstrate that everyone is capable of repenting, no matter where they have been and what they have done.
Is it possible that the same event can be sent to mean different things to different people? Is it possible that the Lord does not send these examples so we each may learn the same lessons? 
Perhaps these controversial events are sent as a mirror where we each see ourselves for who we individually are, where we can see our weaknesses with our own eyes.  
Is this mirror what today’s scripture is referring too?  Through the interpretation of events like this, is the Lord telling us personally, the ‘much’ we cannot bear to know in advance? 
It seems to me that our life journey is both collective and independent. May the Holy Spirit help us with the vision and with -
 ‘...the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference’. (Serenity Prayer)

5 minutes: READ the text slowly.
REFLECT on a phrase or word that struck you.
SPEAK to God about your thoughts.
5 minutes: LISTEN to God speak to you.
RESPOND with a prayer that feels right for you.

Next Reflection: Jane Borg  Wednesday, May 20th 2015