Why can't you trust hypocrites

Be rooted

Sunday, 3.3.2019

Sir 27, 4-7 (5-8)
1 Cor 15: 54-58
Luke 6: 39-45

Today on Mardi Gras Sunday we look at life from the humorous side and let it go well. After this festive season, everyday life will begin again in the coming week.
It is good that there are these differences between celebrations and everyday life. These times give our year a good rhythm. Only celebrations or just everyday life would not do us any good.
Amazingly, the Gospels today deal with very essential things: What is my life about? What do I bet on? What is important to me What are my roots in or what soil is my house built on?
Is my house built on sand that can easily blow away or on solid solid ground that is stable?
Jesus says: I am the vine and you are the branches. Whoever stays in me and in whom I stay brings rich fruit.
And Jesus continues: “How can you say to your brother: Let me pull the splinter out of your eye! while you don't see the beam in your own eye? You hypocrite! First pull the beam out of your eye; then you can try to pull the splinter out of your brother's eye. "
In Mardi Gras it is often the case that the other person is being poked in a funny way and his peculiarities are dragged through the cocoa.
At the carnival highlight with all the disguises there is the opportunity to look at yourself, to look behind the mask:
Who do I really want to be? What do I bet on?

Sunday, March 10th, 2019

Dtn 26, 4-10
Rom 10, 8-13
Luke 4: 1-13

The apostle Paul - through whose enthusiasm for Jesus and his storytelling we live / have Christianity here in Europe - Paul says in today's reading: "Whoever believes with his heart and confesses with his mouth will achieve justice and salvation."
He means whoever has solid roots - a solid faith and trust in God, nothing can easily shake him. And this person will also make this clear through his actions. In today's gospel, Jesus is tempted by the devil - he withstands all temptations.
How does it work that you get a great trust in God and then act accordingly? It would make a lot of things easier: decisions would be easier and we know about the great saints that nothing in their eventful life could shake them as a result.
The Bible tells of Moses and his people. They were not doing well as slaves in Egypt. “We cried out to the Lord, the God of our fathers, and the Lord heard our cries and saw our lack of rights, our workload, and our afflictions. The Lord led us with a mighty hand ... out of Egypt, he brought us to this place and gave us this land, a land of milk and honey. "
Shouting to God - or it is also possible to simply talk to God, or to be silent before God. What is meant is to get in touch. Great spiritual masters advise to talk to God like a friend - to start a conversation. Or go into nature, be attentive and thereby recognize God in things. That increases trust in God.
Lent can be a time when 10 minutes can be built into everyday life for mindfulness or conversation with God.

Sunday, March 17th 2019

Gen 15, 5-12.17-18
Phil 3, 17-4, 1
Lk 9, 28b-36

“In those days the Lord brought Abram out and said, Look up at the sky and count the stars, if you can count them. And he said to him, Your offspring will be so numerous. Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted it as righteousness. "
This is what we are told in today's reading on Sunday.
Remarkable: Abraham looks up at the sky and God tells him that so many of his descendants will be the stars - and he believes God all of this. And then it happens too.
If it were so easy with faith.
The disciples in the gospel find it a little more difficult. They also sleep when Jesus stands transfigured with Moses and Elijah on the mountain. When they wake up, they don't know what to do and are scared. Even when God said to them, “This is my chosen son. You should listen to him. ”Be silent instead of telling others about it.
I am relieved again and again about the down-to-earth attitude and humanity of Peter and the disciples - they are also not perfect when it comes to faith. And don't immediately know how to do it.
When it comes to my belief in God, though, looking up at heaven really helps. I am so fascinated by the stars, the universe and its vastness and mysterious diversity that I fall silent with awe and yes, here I recognize God. In the Bible, the starry sky is often associated with belief in God. For example, the prophet Isaiah asks, “Who measures the sea with bare hands? Who can measure the sky with an open hand and the dust of the earth with a bushel? "
Yes, that's really special: measuring the sky with a chiseled hand - that really describes God's specialty.
This time before Easter offers the opportunity to look at the starry sky for a few minutes and to divine God.

Sunday, March 24th 2019

Ex 3, 1-8a.13-15
1 Cor 10, 1-6.10-12
Lk 13: 1-9

In northern Greece I saw an icon where Mary is sitting with the baby Jesus in a burning bush. The angel Gabriel flies out of the thorn bush to the barren island.
Today the reading tells the story of Moses who, while tending the sheep, discovers a burning bush that does not burn. From this God speaks and says that he should take off his shoes because that is sacred ground. And then Moses cannot look at God at all, because he had such awe and God speaks out of the thorn bush that he has heard people's requests and wants to be with them. I'm here - that's God's name. Moses experiences God directly.
Experiencing God is really unique and almost knocks you out.
But what is so special about the Greek thorn bush picture?
That the thorn bush was painted on an island half of which was burned down in a forest fire. So is God also there in suffering and in the cataract? Is God there in the middle of a city?
Yes, because Mary is sitting in the thorn bush with the baby Jesus. God is present in this man Jesus.
And the angel Gabriel jumping out of the thorn bush?
He calls on each of us - to make a conscious decision, to pass on these experiences of God or to take off our shoes in everyday life and perceive the normal ground in a city or in work and school as a sacred place.
Lent gives us the opportunity that everyday places can become holy ground and we hear there: "I am here"

Sunday, March 31 2019

Jos 5,9a.10-12
2 Cor 5: 17-21
Luke 15: 1-3.11-32

Today's biblical story of the merciful father or the prodigal son is very well known. The son wants his share of the inheritance and leaves home. He wastes everything and in the end he completely returns to his father. He feels sorry for him and is so happy that he is celebrating a party. The second son is angry. He always worked well and then the other son gets a party.
It is a story of reconciliation. “Are we good again!” This is how I reconciled myself as a child with my mother and I do it with my own children.
And it's really good when you've said this sentence and the other person says and accepts it. Reconciliation also redeems.
In his letter, the apostle Paul asks the church of Corinth: “Be reconciled to God!” Justice follows this - that means the right view of right and wrong, the real view of people and situations.
Basically, behind these words is what our roots are and what we are banking on.
If I remember that I can trust in God and that I don't have to do everything alone, that I am rooted in a larger whole, then that also relieves the burden - also as a manager, for example. I get a firm footing and can be self-critical as a result.
Lent can be the occasion for a meditation on my own roots and my basic trust. Or also about where a “Are we good again” is needed.

ORF Sunday Thoughts March 2019, Mag.a Gabriele Eder-Cakl