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WEDNESDAY OF THE FIFTH WEEK OF LENT MARCH 24, 2021




A reading from the Book of the Prophet Daniel 3:14-20, 91-92, 93

King Nebuchadnezzar said: “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you will not serve my god, or worship the golden statue that I set up? Be ready now to fall down and worship the statue I had made, whenever you hear the sound of the trumpet, flute, lyre, harp, psaltery, bagpipe, and all the other musical instruments; otherwise, you shall be instantly cast into the white-hot furnace; and who is the God who can deliver you out of my hands?” Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered King Nebuchadnezzar, “There is no need for us to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If our God, whom we serve, can save us from the white-hot furnace and from your hands, O king, may he save us! But even if he will not, know, O king, that we will not serve your god or worship the golden statue that you set up.” King Nebuchadnezzar’s face became livid with utter rage against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He ordered the furnace to be heated seven times more than usual and had some of the strongest men in his army bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and cast them into the white-hot furnace. Nebuchadnezzar rose in haste and asked his nobles, “Did we not cast three men bound into the fire?” “Assuredly, O king,” they answered. “But,” he replied, “I see four men unfettered and unhurt, walking in the fire, and the fourth looks like a son of God.” Nebuchadnezzar exclaimed, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who sent his angel to deliver the servants who trusted in him; they disobeyed the royal command and yielded their bodies rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.”


REFLECTION: Nebuchadnezzar exclaimed, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who sent his angel to deliver the servants who trusted in him; they disobeyed the royal command and yielded their bodies rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.”


Because a Little Bug Went.....Ka-choo by Rosetta Stone (AKA Dr. Seuss), reminds me of how one action begets another and sometimes chaos can follow.


The book begins with a little bug sneezing--Ka-choo! Because of the sneeze, one little seed from a plant dropped. Because the seed dropped it landed on a worm; the worm became mad. Because he was mad, he kicked a coconut tree. The coconut dropped and bopped a turtle on the head. Because he got bopped, the turtle, named Jake, splashed falling in the lake. Because of the splash, a duck got wet. Because the duck got wet, she got mad and kicked the bucket. Because the bucket went up, it came down. Because it came down, it hit the head of Farmer Brown. The bucket got stuck on his head. Unable to remove the bucket, Farmer Brown called for help. Because of the phone call, the police came speeding. Because they were speeding, they hit a big stone. Because they hit the big stone, one policeman flew up alone. Because he flew up he had to come down. Because he came down he hit the boat, Mary Lou, and went right through the boat. Everyone on the boat started yelping because they were in the water and they yelled for help. Mrs. Brown was still calling for help. Because of her call more help came fast. A rope rescued the Mary Lou but it had to be repaired. They headed to town and joined a parade that was underway. It is still happening -chaos and all. All this happened because a little bug went Ka-choo!! Everyone in the story had their own problems, tragedies, trials or challenges. Each response led to another chaotic response.


King Nebuchadnezzar gave Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego two scenarios. Either they fall down and worship the gold idol statue or be prepared to be cast into the white-hot furnace. He dared their God to save them. The three responded with confidence, faith and trust in God. They knew His will would be done and with God, chaos is not in the forecast. They did not burn; they were with God, unfettered and unhurt. King Nebuchadnezzar exclaimed, "Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.


We have no control what others do; we can only control our reactions to what happens to us. God never promised us that life would be easy, but He did promise He would be there to support and sustain us--to give us peace not chaos. So when we are faced with illness, pain, loss, loveless relationships, temptations and sin, we can either react with chaos or we can, with full confidence, fall in the arms of God in full abandonment to His love and peace.


God Bless You.

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