Lent 3, Tuesday, Year A

Inspired by 1 Corinthians 10:1-4

“I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink.  For they drank from the spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ.”  1 Corinthians 10:1-4 (NRSV)

We measure time in a linear manner.  We mark consecutive hours into days, days into weeks, weeks into months, months into years, centuries, millennia, etc.  The past is behind us, the future’s before us, and the present is now.  What’s done is done; we can see how the effects impact us today, and take those lessons to heart as we move forward.

But God is not constrained by our carefully measured time.

Christ’s salvific act changed the course of history, but its effects were not limited to first century Palestine and the days and years that followed.  Those who happened to live before Jesus walked the earth and accepted death on the cross were not exempted from his benefits.  When Christ conquered death, he did so for all times and in all places.  Those who lived and died before him benefited just as much as we do today.

All that we see and comprehend was created by God, but God’s power is beyond our vision and comprehension.  Trust in the One who transcends time, and know that no one is beyond his grace.

Let us pray.  Transcendent God, you shelter all of creation in your loving hand.  Open our minds to the sheer vastness of your power, that we may rest in your magnificence.  Through Christ our Lord, Amen.