Rainbow Promise Prayer

18 Jun

Kathryn Hauser’s Reflection for 1 Lent 26 Feb 2012

Rainbow Promise Prayer

O Divine Madman,

You have given us an impossible mission.  We have understood You to have called us a “prophetic nation” and yet what are we professing?  You really have given us the promise of the rainbow.  You really have set Your bow in the clouds, and it is a sign of the covenant between You and the earth.  (Gen 9:13)  You really have kept Your promise and remembered Your covenant between Yourself and every living creature of all flesh, and never again did you destroy all flesh by flood like You did with Noah. (Gen 9:15)  You did give us the promise.  Now please forgive us for assuming that because You said You’d never destroy all flesh by flood doesn’t mean You’d never destroy all flesh by fire.  Please forgive our fears that are so quick to assume You seek to punish us.  Expand our hearts and our minds to seek Your holy fire within ourselves.  Please help us to repent and believe in Your Good News. (Mk 1:15)  Lord, our generation did ask for a sign, just as Yours asked You, and You gave us the same answer that you gave the Pharisees, that we have been given the Sign of Jonah.  (Mt 12:38-42)  Your foundations, Lord, have already been described by a rainbow of colors of precious stones in Rev 21:19-20, and this description gives substance to the rainbows in the sky.  They reflect each other.  It is by Your grace, Your dignity, and Your tolerance (not laxness), that we are saved by faith.  You understand that we miss the mark and love us anyway.  We bow in humble gratitude and awe to You.

Please help us to return to the “Jordans” of our lives where we, too, may “see” the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending upon us like a dove. (Mk 1:10)  May we personally “hear” the same words You spoke to Jesus:

Mk 1:11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

Lord, You have sealed us with baptism so we could remember how You remember us.  Through our baptism may we appeal to You for a good conscience. (1 Pt 3:21)  Within our souls, where our conscience resides, please forgive us as we go through our own wilderness experiences. (Mk 1:13)  We get confused and forget Your promises, and in the darkness it gets too overwhelming to remember how sweet and True Your promises are.  We become “arrested” like John was, not necessarily from an outside force, but an internal “arrest” because of what we’ve done and other times because of what we’ve failed to do.  Thank You, Holy Spirit, that You continue proclaiming the Good News of God (Mk 1:14) despite our ineptitude.  Amen.

 

1 Lent (RCL Year B)            26 Feb 2012                                     Gospel: Mark 1:9-15

Genesis 9:8-17
9:8 Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him,

9:9 “As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you,

9:10 and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark.

9:11 I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”

9:12 God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations:

9:13 I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.

9:14 When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds,

9:15 I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.

9:16 When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.”

9:17 God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”

Psalm 25:1-10
25:1 To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.

25:2 O my God, in you I trust; do not let me be put to shame; do not let my enemies exult over me.

25:3 Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame; let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.

25:4 Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths.

25:5 Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.

25:6 Be mindful of your mercy, O LORD, and of your steadfast love, for they have been from of old.

25:7 Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for your goodness’ sake, O LORD!

25:8 Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in the way.

25:9 He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.

25:10 All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his decrees.

1 Peter 3:18-22
3:18 For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit,

3:19 in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison

3:20 who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water.

3:21 And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you–not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

3:22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.

Mark 1:9-15
1:9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.

1:10 And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him.

1:11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

1:12 And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness.

1:13 He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.

1:14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God,

1:15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”

 

 

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