Readings for 5th Sunday in Lent
Ezekiel 37.1-14,, Romans 8.6-11; and John 11:1-45
Monday 27 March
The Collect for next Sunday affirms, at its most basic, that by the death and resurrection of Jesus the world has been delivered and saved and that by faith in that we may triumph. We speak, as Christians, quite a lot about being saved, but saved from what, delivered from what?
There’s no magic here, in the sense of a quick fix. God in Jesus waves no magic wand that once upon a time put everything right, allowing us to get on with it, all freshly polished as it were. The reality is that the world, you and I, every moment in fact, needs delivery: delivery from all that runs contrary to that which we see and understand about God in Jesus. And if Jesus’ death means anything, it means that this delivery is costly and sacrificial. Saving the world is a moment by moment commitment to be the presence of Jesus for each other and for the world in all our circumstances, all our days.
Question: How am I involved in the process of sacrifice and the saving of the world today?
Prayer: “Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks with compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.” – Teresa of Avila.
Ultimately, It is the day by day, moment by moment sacrifice of every one of us that saves and delivers this beautiful but broken world.