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Mountainside Reflections for Lent 2024 : Week Three (The Soul Expands)

Updated: Mar 1

'... but I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those that persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven''(The Sermon on the Mount)

The midday heat is now most intense on the mountainside. You continue to move closer to this 'mysterious' figure who has caused a stir among those living and working in the region of Capernaum and the Sea of Galilee.

The crowd at first were curious and impatient, eyeing Jesus and one another with suspicion. It is hard to imagine the concept of a 'prayer' - any outward show of consideration or interest - among those who dismiss and exclude you and your community to be widely appealing just now.

Yet, Jesus is again affirming human bonds and human potential beyond expectations. 'Children' of the Father seems somewhat accurate at times when such petty squabbles and minor disagreements bubble over.

And endless conflict and strife can all feel utterly exhausting, leaving younger generations with no where else to turn.

He speaks directly to you as one of the crowd with clarity and authority. You sense his deep insight and wisdom. He has outlined a new vision to the people gathered, a just and compassionate way ahead, one where you too can play a part.

The faces in this crowd sense they need to grasp a change for the better. Now they are settled and listening more intently.

You feel that the soul can 'expand' to reach into a merciful space and to live with difference and diversity in a common spirit.

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