Archive | March 2012

Lent | 3.31.12

Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 Jeremiah 33:10-16 Mark 10:32-34, 46-52 In today’s reading from Mark, scripture invites us to follow along the road with Jesus and his disciples on their last trip together to Jerusalem. As they begin, Jesus tells his disciples that he will be condemned to die; worse, he will die in a humiliating, painful way. So how […]

Lent | 3.30.12

Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 Jeremiah 33:1-9 Philippians 2:12-18 Give thanks to the Lord because He is good, because His mercy endures forever (Psalm 118:1-2GWT). We have so much for which to be thankful! Many of us take for granted our lives, our faith, our families, our friends, our opportunities and several other gifts that God has so graciously given […]

Lent | 3.29.12

Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 Deuteronomy 16:1-8 Philippians 2:1-11 Deuteronomy 16:1-8 focuses on Passover. We are asked to remember when God led the Israelites out of Egypt to the Promised Land. This passage causes me to think about how I have been saved by God, and how I am continually renewed by Him. A dear friend of mine, now […]

Lent | 3.28.12

Psalm 119:9-16 Haggai 2:1-9, 20-23 John 12:34-50 “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Ash Wednesday was a reminder that we all are mortal, that no matter what we do here on earth, eventually we physically die. So we’d better make our time here count—not in the world’s eyes, but in […]

Lent | 3.27.12

Psalm 119:9-16 Isaiah 44:1-8 Acts 2:14-24 During the Lenten season we often hear about the significance of it being a time of preparation as we anticipate the celebration of the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and the spiritual renewal that follows. Yes, the risen Savior has come and fulfilled […]

Lent | 3.26.12

Psalm 119:9-16 Isaiah 43:8-13 2 Corinthians 3:4-11 Originating in the early days of the Church, Lent has always been a time in which Christians rededicated and refocused themselves for the Easter season. By taking part in Lent, the Christian imitates Jesus’ withdrawal into the wilderness for forty days. Similarly, Psalm 77 is written from a heart going through […]

Lent | 3.24.12

Psalm 51:1-12 Habakkuk 3:2-13 John 12:1-11 John 12:1-11 provides us with a great example of one person’s very real, deep love for Jesus Christ and, in stark comparison, one apostle’s disingenuous objections to, in his mind, the extravagant use of expensive oil to wash Jesus’ feet. Six days before Passover, Jesus dined at a home […]

Lent | 3.23.12

Psalm 51:1-12 Exodus 30:1-10 Hebrews 4:14-5:4 In his Confessions, Augustine pleads for God to cure him of some particular pitfalls, and then follows his plea with the words, “but not yet.” Augustine is comfortable with his life and enjoys his sin too much. Psalm 51 makes me think of Augustine and of us all. As I read the […]

Lent | 3.22.12

Jeremiah 31:31-34 Psalm 51:1-12 or Psalm 119:9-16 Hebrews 5:5-10 John 12:20-33 During the season of lent, and well into Holy Week, we are invited to remember the Suffering of the world—loneliness, hunger, illness, abuse. Some of this pain results from things we do to each other, some from things we do to ourselves, and some from sources we […]

Lent | 3.21.12

Psalm 107:1-16 Isaiah 60:15-22 John 8:12-20 “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever” (Psalm 107:1). For me, the Lenten season serves as a great time of self reflection. It allows me a concentrated time to become more aware of my daily patterns. Those patterns which have become so engrained in my […]