A season of reflection, love and communion

Gail Hart

The world beats with the heartbeat of love

The world eats with the daily bread given in love

This bread the body of Christ, strengthens and gives

Us this day our daily bread

For we are weak, very weak, and Jesus is strong

Stronger now incarnate and gone, yet here

Through the Holy Spirit that gives us life

And hope day by day.

Until the day of the return when all things

Will be made new, once again

We long, we hope, we pray

Thy kingdom come on earth

This day, when your will is done

And one day when the war is won. Amen

March begins with the beautiful snowy weather, and is truly coming in like a lion. Jesus is called the Lion of Judah because his father, Joseph, was from the tribe of Judah.

Judah was the fourth brother in the family and God chose his lineage to bring forth a King of Peace. Jesus, as we learn in the story of the Transfiguration, hiked up the mountain with his disciples Peter, James and John. There they met with Moses and Elijah, who discussed the exodus or departure that would soon take place.

Jesus was shown to be the dazzling, whiter-than-snow, “true God from true God, begotten not made of one being with the Father.”

This Jesus is God Incarnate, true God shining forth in human form. The presence of the Holy Spirit hovered over them in the cloud and the voice of God spoke saying, “this is my beloved Son: hear Him.”

This is the mystery of the gospel that calls us into communion with the Holy Trinity.

This was the Holy Presence manifesting in this high mountain to help Jesus, the disciples and us as they prepared to face the time before the crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension.

This also helps us as we face many difficult losses and partings and also prepare for Lent and our own departures. It is a joy yet a sorrow that we are given a limited number of years of preparation. A joy because through baptism we have crossed over from death to eternal life, yet, a sorrow because of the great joy we have in living our lives on the earth.

Yet, we have the great promise that we, too, will put on immortality and have resurrected bodies and a renewed earth at the return of our Lord Jesus Christ with all the children of God who have gone before. This is why we receive the black ash cross on our foreheads on Ash Wednesday to remind us that “we are dust, and to dust we shall return.”

This lamb of God, willingly sacrificed his life for us, out of love for the world.

A love that is for all of creation and reaches out to you this day, calling you by name, “Come unto me all you that labor and are heavy ladened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and lowly in heart and you shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy (well fitted) and my burden is light” (Matthew 11T28-30).

Hart serves as pastor at Ascension Lutheran Church in Orofino and also at Faith Lutheran Church in Kamiah.

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