Poets, Prophets and Disciples:
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Lenten Daily Devotional
March 26, 2019

Tuesday March 26

Accompaniment is Risky

Luke 20: 9-19

He began to tell the people this parable: ‘A man planted a vineyard, and leased it to tenants, and went to another country for a long time. When the season came, he sent a slave to the tenants in order that they might give him his share of the produce of the vineyard; but the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. Next he sent another slave; that one also they beat and insulted and sent away empty-handed. And he sent yet a third; this one also they wounded and threw out. Then the owner of the vineyard said, “What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will respect him.” But when the tenants saw him, they discussed it among themselves and said, “This is the heir; let us kill him so that the inheritance may be ours.” So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? He will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others.’ When they heard this, they said, ‘Heaven forbid!’ But he looked at them and said, ‘What then does this text mean: “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone”? Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; and it will crush anyone on whom it falls.’ When the scribes and chief priests realized that he had told this parable against them, they wanted to lay hands on him at that very hour, but they feared the people.

A Prayer of Risk

As you pray, pay attention to your breath.  Let it connect you.  Let it anchor you and make you brave throughout your day.  With each breath may you be reminded of your strength because you breath the breath of God.

The transcendence that the church preaches is not alienation; it is not going to heaven to think about eternal life and forget about the problems on earth. It’s a transcendence from the human heart. It is entering into the reality of a child, of the poor, of those wearing rags, of the sick, of a hovel, of a shack. It is going to share with them. And from the very heart of misery, of this situation, to transcend it, to elevate it, to promote it, and to say to them, “You aren’t trash. You aren’t marginalized.” It is to say exactly the opposite, “You are valuable.” Archbishop Óscar Romero

Holy One, who has given us the breath of life, today we remember to breathe deeply.  To rest…to take in…to pause…before we act…  And then to take in another deep breath poised on the edge and risk jumping in…risk taking action…risk speaking up.  Risk using the gifts we have been given so that at the end of our life we can say with absolute clarity that no part of our existence was wasted in fear of failure or fear of success. 

Hold us, prepare us the way to begin to offer the gift of our awakened presence full of love and light today.  These and the prayers of our hearts we lift up now in the silence…Amen

            - Tamara Lebak