Thursday, March 5, 2020


Dear All of Us,

Before proceeding here please make sure you've had your coffee, 
a hearty breakfast, a vigorous work out at the gym,
and said your morning prayers.
This will take all the pep you've got.

              So how much of yourself are you?

That's personal - very personal.
That's tough to understand and address - very tough.
That needs to be pondered regularly and really - very regularly and very really.

                   So how much of yourself are you?

That's the puzzle Jesus had to solve those forty desert days and nights.
That's the work out of his Lent.
That's the question of his coming out.

Jesus had left the life of his first thirty years.
He went down to the womb water of the river.
He dove in, a communal solidarity with all that needs 
a rebirth, a cleansing, refreshment, 
the invigoration of a needed watering.

Climbing out of the Jordan,  
the heavens opened up, were '"torn apart" as Mark has it,
and so did his sense of self.
The Spirit, dove like, gentled him 
as he heard from the heavens
a speaking of himself: 
                    " You are my Son,
                the Beloved;
                with you I am 
                well pleased."*

In our words,
               "This is Dad.
                You're my Boy
                and I'm crazy nuts 
                about you."

In other words, 
                "I AM"
                 and your I am 
                    is in mine,
                 Father to Beloved Son 
                 - tight -
                 I AM well pleased.

What a coming out from the heavens 
as Jesus came out to begin new life and work.

No time to party, though.
The Spirit dropped him off at boot camp 
to work out his new way - 
to prove out real and true.
                  "And the Spirit 
                   immediately drove him out 
                   into the wilderness.
                   He was in the wilderness,
                   tempted by Satan."*

                  So how much of yourself are you?

Well, here we are in Lent,
forty days in our spiritual boot camp
to prove out real and true,
And are we ever tempted not to.
As for Jesus, so for us in Jesus:
                    So how much of yourself are you?

Like Jesus, we are tempted not to be who we are.
The temptation is exactly the same.
It comes in the three same devious ways - 
the misuse of   pleasure 


It starts with a question that is a lie


              "If you are the Son of God..."

There was no "If" about it for Jesus.
There is no "If" about it for us.
In lovely, unique ways we all are 
sons and daughters of the Father - Beloved -
and The Father is well please with the arrangement.
We don't need to prove it,
and we sure as heaven don't want to presume on it 
or pervert it by misusing the sacred gifts and trust of 




So, h
ere's a little workout for our Lenten boot camp:

         - what pleasures me and how do I deal with them?
                          spiritual ecstasy to sexual climax
                          favored food and drink
                          forms of recreation and types of vacation
                          preferred company
                          types of successes
                          sights, sounds, touches, aromas that delight...

          - what powers do I have and how do I have them?
                          skill sets
           - what possessions do I have and how do I use them?
                          modes of transportation
                          books, art, jewelry

Are pleasure, power, possessions such that they are in sync
with who we really are - Beloved daughters and sons of God ,
sharing the Divine DNA - no "ifs" about it?
Or do we sucker in and substitute one or more 
for a portion/dimension of who we are,

                       So how much of yourself are you?

Jesus came out of his Lenten boot camp real and ready.
May we as well, and well it is not to be a substitute for the real you.

                    Glad we could have this workout together.

                                     John Frank

* Mark 1:12

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Not only are you welcome, you are a blessing.

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