Sunday, February 28, 2010

Second Sunday of Lent: Transformation of pain

"And behold two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem." Luke 9:31, passage from Gospel, Second Sunday of Lent, 2/28/2010

What Jesus was to accomplish in Jerusalem is nothing short of another "exodus"--an act of liberating God's people--an act both historic and divine. Jesus' "exodus" continues God's unfinished work: leading God's people out of bondage and into freedom.

To liberate us, Jesus must enter into a full experience of the ramifications of evil and the suffering that that entails.

When does our world not have pain? But with earthquakes rocking entire impoverished nations, with global warming changing our very climate while we quibble over its reality, with death snatching loved ones from our communities, with corruption wreaking evil over nations...the pain gauge has gone from full to overflowing these days.

"I will offer you a simple litmus test to determine whether a person has healthy or unhealthy religion. What do they do with their pain--even their daily little disappointments? Do they transform their pain or do they transmit it? People who are practiced in transforming actual life pain, like Jesus on the cross, are the only spiritual authorities worth following. They know. They can lead and teach. The rest of us just talk."~Rev. Richard Rohr

For your reflection:
What is my pain today? How can I transform it? What is the liberation God wants for me?


claire said...

Transforming one's pain or transmitting it. Blessed are those who transform it. As to those who transmit it, they do need to be blessed as well.

Good post, Billie!

TomCat said...

The best way I know to transform pain is to share it.

On Lent, I'm giving up Republicans for Lent. ;-)

Spadoman said...

By living with it, keeping your faith and moving forward. Pain is then transformed into usable energy. The next day dawns and the sun still rises and sets regardless of how a person deals with "pain". (Pain here, I assume, is not just physical pain, but dealing with life and what it deals us)
Sometimes it must be shared, that's what friends are for. I think I got it.
Thanks for sharing.


Border Explorer said...

Good comments!

Claire, thanks. Your posts have been wonderful, of late. I must p.m. you about one in particular.

TC, good Lenten plan! [ha] Reminds me of a friend who gave up liver for Lent every year.

Spadoman, the only way to get through pain is to go through it. Guess you have gone through a good share of it in your life, so thanks for commenting here.

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Jan said...

Transforming pain is difficult; sharing helps and meditation can distract and help in the long run. Hugs.

TomCat said...

I think I'll give up abstinence too. ;-)