Readings for 3rd Sunday in Lent
Exodus 17: 1-7, Romans 5: 1-11 & John 4: 5-42
Saturday 18th March
What happens to us when God breaks the rules? We are called as Christian people to model our behaviour on the behaviour of Christ. What a challenge! I wonder if an alien arrived in our parishes this Sunday, and was asked to imagine Jesus based on the behaviour of his present-day disciples, what conclusions that alien might draw?
Perhaps that the Jesus we follow was a nice comfortable chap who liked to sit in big buildings once a week? Perhaps that the Jesus we follow was a sensible, common sense sort, who would like to hope for the wonderful, but generally expects the slightly below par, with a small dose of cynicism and a bucket of pragmatism thrown in. But of course that is not the Jesus we try to follow. That Jesus would surely never have chosen the cross. But our Jesus did – chose the outrageous, dangerous, glorious expression of ultimate love – so that our faith and love for God could transcend what we have been told, what we have inherited. So that we might truly be liberated to follow the Saviour of the world.
Question: How do our lives reflect the way Jesus lived?
Prayer: Freedom-giving God, loose the chains of habit and culture that bind us to false religion. Set us free to follow the earth-changing ways of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.
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Friday 25 November
Jesus’ words at the end of this Sunday’s Gospel are a call to vigilance. Why? The Sunday prayer tells it plainly: “when he shall come …. we may rise to the life immortal.”
Once more the theme of preparation for a superb hope is placed before us.
Vigilance is this awareness of Jesus – His birth, life, ministry, death and resurrection – and placing that awareness into a state where it effects our actions and relationships.
Make today one in which something you know of God helps you react or interact. Vigilance of God meaning we are vigilant for God in other.
Lord Jesus, make my vigilance for the freedom you offer spill over into the things that I do and for the people I meet today. May my awareness of your grace lead me in my present vigilance for and with you. Amen
Sunday 28 March
Close you eyes – dark isn’t it ! But then open them and brilliant clarity. Isn’t that resurrection material?
An author passes and yet lives on through their writings. Isn’t that resurrection-like?
A girl is killed in a car crash, her organs used to enable others to live, her family are upheld by this sacrifice. Isn’t that resurrection- esk?
Star Wars spirality sees followers gifted by the very death of a master and leader. Very resurrection!
But there is much, much more to Easter.
A weak, frightened group of individuals changed because of something more significant. Our learning of death not being final, can make us into communities that recognise God’s kingdom in the present.
With God everything is possible. Jesus physical statement beyond death make all things new and possible.
When a Christian say “Christ is Risen!” There is reason to know that our hope can lead us to many destinations.
Have yourself a blessed Easter.
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Wednesday 2nd March
On Sunday, we thought about God’s line in the sand. This is a line emphasised by the life and ministry of Jesus.
The mark is there for us to see, and follow towards the horizon. However, all too often we move to the left or to the right.
In the psalms and proximity to this line is understood, we hear God saying ‘When you in your mother’s womb I knew you!’
God knows us, even when we fail to come close to the line, God knows us.
A great Lent theme is repentance, turning around and seeing God’s presence. Drawing close to the line because God is there waiting.
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