April 5, 2019
by Scott McClure
Former Assistant Director of the
Magis Catholic Teacher Corps at Creighton University
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Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent
Lectionary: 248

Wisdom 2:1A, 12-22
Psalms 34:17-18, 19-20, 21 and 23
John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30

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A colleague of mine at a Catholic high school where I taught used to encourage her freshmen to keep an eye out for God moments. These were commonly shared as a particularly beautiful sunset or other work of nature but, in essence, referred to a moment - any moment - when one might feel God's presence, closeness, or grandeur. 

I experience a different kind of God moment on occasion. This variety is not so much a feeling of God's closeness per se but, rather, the prompting that a particular experience might bring for me to ponder, I wonder if this is how God feels? I felt this way when my daughter was born and I looked upon her for the first time. I thought, Is this how God feels about us? How he loves us? 

Today, John recounts how Jesus was targeted in his ministry; sought out for arrest for his righteousness. At this, I wonder if Jesus ever had a human moment, pondering So this is how it feels to be human ... 

We are called to be just. We are called to love. We are called to these ideals as mission amidst the scorn, judgment, and ridicule that we receive. Jesus knows what we face when we dedicate our lives to him. He received the same as a fellow human being. As we continue our Lenten journey, let us do so in solidarity with our God who became human and in whom we place our trust. In this way, with this closeness to God, let us see every moment as a God moment.

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