As bad news swirls all around us and we are apart from each other during Lent, it's always comforting and uplifting to remember the Good News found the Bible.:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.” John 14: 1
Our personal relationship with Jesus during this time can bring peace, rational thinking and also a desire to help others. A byproduct of our faith is the realization that we were created in HIS IMAGE:
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35
Reflections On The Readings For Passion Sunday
The collect: WE beseech thee, Almighty God, mercifully to look upon thy people; that by thy great goodness they may be governed and preserved evermore, both in body and soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Why do we need to be “governed”? Because we need to be “preserved”. The thought process is as follows: Without some restraint or order, the human situation moves irresistibly towards chaos. God’s government of the world, and God’s government of self, are parallel. Sin, the even distribution of human nature, erupts chronically and constantly. Sin needs to be kept in bounds.
So, the fair question for all of us is: Has our present situation caused us to sin? Or to reach out and help others as commanded?
The Epistle. Hebrews 9: 11- 15
CHRIST being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
Those who served God offered sacrifices which were types of Christ's sacrifices, but they could not be made effective without Christ. It is by his death that they which are called, of every dispensation, have the promise of eternal inheritance.
As you read the Passion (Matthew 27:11-54), try to put yourself there. Put yourself in the place of each of the people including Jesus. What motivated each to do what they did? Could you have been motivated to shout out “crucify Him”?
Prayer: Dear God, by your goodness may we be governed and preserved for evermore. Amen!