Deuteronomy 26:1-11 who knew that we could talk about stewardship in some time of the calendar year other than September, October, or November? This passage from Deuteronomy helps us to recall that everything that we have is a gift. All that is, is God’s, not ours-we have only received a portion. We return a portion of what we have received from God in gratitude.
- How can your prayer and reflection this Lenten season return you to a humble posture of gratitude before our good and gracious God?
- What makes sacrifice difficult?
- How might you act in faith and let this difficulty go?
Luke 4:1-13 One of the great gifts of the ministry of the priesthood is the ministry of penance and absolution. While confession is good for the soul at all times of the year, it is especially appropriate in the Season of Lent. If you are so inclined, and I hope you are, use these reflections to guide you in preparation for confession with your priest. Sin begins when we turn away from God in unfaith, when we do not trust in God’s goodness.
- What does temptation look and feel like in your life?
In many Anglican churches, when the deacon or priest announces the Gospel, the people in the congregation traces the sign of the cross on their foreheads, lips, and chests. This is to signify the Word of God, the good news of Jesus Christ, to always be on our minds, on our lips, and in our hearts. This excerpt from the epistle to the Christians in Rome begins: “The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart.”
- How do you live your life with the Gospel written in your heart, always on your mind, and proclaimed not only through your lips, but also in your actions?