February 22, 2013- Fri 1st Week of Lent

Time for fairness
Time for fairness

The story of what happened to Jesus in the desert before he began his public ministry is a mystery. What actually happened? The Gospel says he went out into the desert for 40 days of prayer and fasting and at the end of it he was hungry. (duh) I would be hungry too if I fasted for 40 days. I am hungry if I don’t have lunch and feel like I’m starving. Have you ever used the phrase, “What’s for dinner. I’m starving!” Are you really really starving? Do you have sunken cheeks and thin lips and a pasty look with dark circles under your eyes? Probably not. Soooo, you’re probably not starving, just a bit hungry at the least, a bit uncomfortable at the worst. Words have implications and power. So we don’t know exactly what Jesus went through after the 40 days of real fasting. What comes out of the Gospel was that he had an hallucination of sorts, which is normal when one fasts for a long period of time. This hallucination took the form of an “evil” spirit and tempted Jesus with all that the world has created for itself, food, power and money. Just giving into the first item, food, would have caused the previous 40 days of fasting and prayer to evaporate. Denial of this temptation, I think, helped Jesus to realize what his full purpose was on this earth. It goes way beyond “what do I want to be when I grow up” to what is my mission. Is it to eat? Is it to be a king? Is it to have enormous power? More than likely, not not and not. What is your mission? What is my mission?

I think it all comes down to suffer or not to suffer. I don’t know anyone who enjoys suffering, well anyone normal that is. But you know what? Suffering is a part of living. Yes we do not seek it out, but somehow it finds us. But then comes Friday! My favorite time of the week is Friday afternoon until sunset. When I come home from work I just vegetate and watch the traffic go by on the boulevard. It is time to waste time. I love it. But I do suffer from time to time and I really cannot escape it. It pulls me back into the “now.” Tomorrow, I think, will be better and so on.

So…hang in there. The Republicans are slowly self-destructing and practicing implosion and the world will sort itself out in time.  There may be suffering but then Friday afternoon rolls around. In the meantime, you can watch the right’s implosion live, everyday on Fox News…

and so it goes…

A little song, a little dance, a little coffee down your pants... 40 years in the high school classroom and now on my own. A chance to think about stuff and how it affects everyone, not just me. Now residing in Oregon volunteering for a refugee organization.

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