Second Sunday of Lent

Today’s Reading: Matthew 6:1-4 (The Message) Jesus said, “Be especially careful when you are trying to be good so that you don’t make a performance out of it. It might be good theater, but the God who made you won’t be applauding. “When you do something for someone else, don’t call attention to yourself. You’ve seen them in action, I’m sure—’playactors’ I call them— treating prayer meeting and street corner alike as a stage, acting compassionate as long as someone is watching, playing to the crowds. They get applause, true, but that’s all they get. When you help someone out, don’t think about how it looks. Just do it—quietly and unobtrusively. That is the way your God, who conceived you in love, working behind the scenes, helps you out.

Betty ran outside and took this photo last night. What an amazing moon! Last night, through the mist and clouds, we got to see a super full moon and this morning we wake up to the Spring Quinox or Vernal Equinox. Many say that today is the first day of Spring. Hooray! There are many poems and songs about the moon. Most about fullness and light.

The moon holds mystery and wonder as well as beauty and promise. We are careful around the full moon and yet rejoice when it appears. If you google moon poems, you will find many different aspects of the moon.

Today at the CoOp we are talking about Letting Go of Personal Peity. Already this subject has created much discussion. We have talked about whether or not we really want to let that go. But in the end, and we shall see what happens today, the staff at the CoOp have agreed that if we give up showing off our piety, we might have more room for committment to God, serving others, and having intimate moments with God. It’s not about a competition to see who is closer to God, its about conversing with God. I thought about this last night as I stood in the backyard thanking God for moments like this with the moon.

Enjoy your Sunday!


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