I Wake Close To The Morning
By Mary Oliver, Felicity

Why do people keep asking to see
God’s identity papers
when the darkness opening into morning
is more than enough?
Certainly any god might turn away in disgust.
Think of Sheba approaching
the kingdom of Solomon.
Do you think she had to ask,
“Is this the place?”

Submitted by Dez Valdez

Consider this reflection from lingeringonthemargins.com, “Can we look around, as Oliver does, at the natural world, at one another, and at the remarkable care and compassion we witness these days and know that yes, this is the place. This is God’s place, a place where the Spirit is moving, a place where we are loved and sustained. And, like the Queen of Sheba, we can know this and also ask questions of the powerful. We can bring our own wisdom, with confidence and good will, to challenge leaders in the Church and society to act with judgment and justice.

What questions do you want to ask the powerful in Church and society about their responsibility for justice for all people?

What wealth of wisdom do you have to offer in the Church about good judgment, justice, and love?”

For further reflection, today we’re reading John 19:23-24 in our community lenten reader.