The season of Lent begins in a few weeks. This Lent will be a time to reflect on the difficult year past and the still challenging future. 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:
“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
But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) he entered once for all into the Holy Place, taking not the blood of goats and calves but his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living God. Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred which redeems them from the transgressions under the first covenant
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!