Tag Archives: Lent

Discernment

Readings for 2nd Sunday in Lent
Genesis 12: 1-4a, Romans 4: 1-5; 13-17 and Matthew 3.1-12

 

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Tuesday 7th March

 

The end of the Genesis reading has Abram going as the Lord had told him. It is hard to discern God’s calling for us, it is difficult to work out which is God’s voice from among the clamour. But are we willing to change direction to respond to God? To change our life-style, our career, our priorities,  our life-long   habits? Are you being called to live out God’s grace   in a different way? Maybe some are being called as readers or clergy, or to serve in other less formal roles. And remember, you are never too old, Abram was 75 years old when he, “went as the Lord had told him.”

 

 

 

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Blessing

Readings for 2nd Sunday in Lent

Genesis 12: 1-4a, Romans 4: 1-5; 13-17 and Matthew 3.1-12

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Monday 6th March

In the reading from Genesis God says to Abram that he will bless him and make a great nation from him. But it doesn’t stop there, it is so that in Abram “all the families (or nations) of the earth shall be blessed.” This blessing of all people was reason for the Jews to be God’s chosen people. It is also a part of our faith; we are called and chosen – not simply to be special – but to be the vehicle through which God is present in the world and the world encounters him.

 

God Centred

Readings for 1st Sunday in Lent

Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7, Romans 5:12-19; and Matthew 4: 1-11

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Saturday 4 March

The fruit of the knowledge of good and evil   is the myth that explains how and why humanity knows and recognises right and wrong, why we have a conscience. Jesus in the wilderness, his chief defence against temptation was this conscious understanding. Jesus’ centre was on God His father, all his answers were God-centric and beyond His own needs and desires.

Question: What will you offer tomorrow in worship, what will you give away or give up that is not God centred?

 Prayer : Father, I offer to you the things that call upon me that are   not of you. Forgive my false focus , help me to follow Jesus in His     wilderness experiences. Amen

 

Jack Built…!

Readings for 1st Sunday in Lent

Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7, Romans 5:12-19; and Matthew 4: 1-11

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Friday 3 March

Can you remember the rhyme:  “This is the house that Jack built.”

The whole poem links people and objects to Jack and his house. Relationships are often convoluted and complex. In his letter to the Romans, Paul makes the same links between Adam and the fall, and Jesus and salvation. Paul uses an understanding that grace is a ‘free gift’ which is accessible to each of us.

Lenten observance is a yearning to know Jesus better. Ash Wednesday is the start of the season where self examination begins. Daily, we should ask ourselves ‘how is my relationship with Christ informed by my relationships with others?’ My words and actions are linked by the reaction they cause, through others to God.

Question: What part of the house that Jesus built am I today? What will I do that strengthens and what will I do that harms the relationships within those lines and links?

Prayer: Lord allow me grace sufficient to be right with you and right with my neighbour. Amen

Famished

 

Readings for 1st Sunday in Lent

 

Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7, Romans 5:12-19; and Matthew 4: 1-11

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Thursday 2 March

We are told that Jesus was ‘famished’ after his time alone in the wilderness. Have you ever been ‘famished’ and I don’t mean hungry for a meal.

The account of Jesus in the wilderness is fundamentally about Jesus’ lack of relationship, with other people and with God.

Jesus is then tempted to self sufficiency and testing of his Father’s  love and care. Lent for me is being hungry enough to seek God, to seek forgiveness and through small steps of seeking realise the Father’s love and care.

Prayer: O most approachable Father, through my thoughts, my prayers and study of Jesus and his guidance may I grow ever closer to your love and care in this world. Amen

 

 

Ash Wednesday and Beyond

Readings for 1st Sunday in Lent

Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7, Romans 5:12-19; and Matthew 4: 1-11

 

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Ash Wednesday 1 March

The observance of a holy Lent as recalled in the Ash Wednesday liturgy: “by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy word.”

These are five options to develop our spirituality muscles this Lent. I think the five are linked to prayer and study. Either of the areas is a part of prayer and study or a direct result. So reading this Lenten study, praying before,   during or after. Looking at something else; a film, some music, the News, a single book of the New Testament….. and react within yourself and for others beyond yourself.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, this Lent give me a portion of that grace to be obedient to your Spirit to heed your call and develop to be wiser in my love of you though and into others around me. Amen

 

Self Awareness

Readings for 1st Sunday in Lent

Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7, Romans 5:12-19; and Matthew 4: 1-11

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Tuesday 28 February

The story of the Garden of Eden apple is interesting on many levels.

Look at it this way, when we take time to consume and digest we are able to grow and become wiser. The ‘tree of the knowledge of good and evil’ symbolises a moment beyond innocence when we begin to be self aware. For humans that is a time when all the food of our earliest years, all the care given to us, all the knowledge and teaching we are invested with, and yes, even our spiritual nurturing, blossom.

So what for the future? What Lenten consumption will draw you closer to God and wiser in your knowledge and understanding of God?

Prayer: Day by day, Dear Lord, three things I pray. To see thee more clearly, love thee more dearly and follow thee more nearly day by day. Amen