(Day Sixteen) Daily Lenten Devotional
Saturday, March 18th (Day Sixteen)
Discerning Jesus’ Call to Transformation
Transformation of our attitudes, Luke 7:36-50
1. Come into God’s (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) loving presence. Feel God’s loving gaze. Offer yourself completely to God.
2. Silently sit before God for 10 minutes.
3. Read Luke 7:36-50 five times very slowly. The first time, simply and reverently read it, allowing God’s word to flow over you. The second time be aware of any verse word, phrase or concept that God is revealing to you as you read. Meditate silently for several minutes what the Lord has given you. During the third reading allow a prayer to formulate in your heart and offer that prayer to God. As the Scripture is read a fourth time, allow yourself to be drawn into the biblical scene as if you are living it right now. Be aware of any physical sensations, thoughts, or emotions that may arise. Journal your experience in detail. The fifth and final reading should be a reading of unknowing. Simply rest in the mystery of God’s presence and God’s Word, peacefully and with great joy.
4. Journal important aspects of the entire experience.
Read the following as food for thought:
This woman loved Jesus with abandon, with complete surrender. She could see something in Jesus that the Pharisee could not, as she wept on Jesus’ feet and dried them with her hair. The Pharisee could only see sin but Jesus saw love. The Pharisee probably thought the woman was crazy for acting as she did. When we left N.J., coming to Florida, to pursue our call to ministry back in 2004 many thought we were crazy. But the calling was so strong it could not be ignored. Jesus saw the love that the woman had for him and thus defended and was pleased with her complete surrender. I stop to meditate on this love. Quickly I feel deep love for Jesus and the Lord’s perfect love for me. I feel as if Jesus is waiting for me to surrender just as the woman is surrendering. It all is happening at the same time. I feel I am being called to take a leap of faith. I feel as if I am at the edge of a great adventure, leaning out over a great precipice, ready to jump into the arms of Jesus. I then hear “Gene, you are correct, see the woman she has no fear, she has no reservations; do likewise. “ I say, “Help me Lord to crash through the barriers that keep me from this surrender. Search me, try me, and remove anything in me that resists this transformation.”