Lenten Quote, Day 23

…when Pilate sends an innocent man to his cross, he unwittingly helps to found another kingdom, an eternal kingdom, a kingdom that is not from this world. –Peter Leithart

Lenten Quote, Day 22

Christ rose in the body, and his resurrected body was marked by the wounds of the crucifixion. He bears in his resurrected, glorified body all the marks of the victory he had won in the body. He did not win a disembodied victory.–Francesca Murphy

Lent: Bringing the Gospel into focus

Here is the second of three interviews on Lent with Rev. Rich Lusk and Elder Doug Roorda. These interviews are from 2010.

Lenten Quote, Day 21

Lent is a a time to face the fact of sin, not merely sin in general, nor the sins of others, but ones’ own sins in particular; and to deal with them in a definite way; to find them out, to confess them, and to make them matters of especial prayer and watching and endeavor for amendment. It were a Lent surely not in vain if even one sin might be thus repented of, the bonds of one bad habit broken, the power of one deadly fault overcome. –Chauncey B. Brewster

Pastoral Meditation

There is a sort of blindness that is all encompassing. It is vast and comprehensive. The Bible is full of such blindness. The Pharisees in John 9 embraced that form of darkness. Their vision lacked focus. Instead of seeing the greater Moses, they were interested only in defending a false version of Moses’ message. They were blinded by their persistent refusal to see the Son of God and His works as validation of a new world before their very eyes.
We need to be cautious as well. Our eyes need to be focused on the great healer of Israel. Our eyes need to be renewed weekly in our worship. As we gather with God’s people, in love and joy, we are beginning to see the beatific vision with greater clarity.
Prayer: Our God, take away any blindness that is caused by my sins. I confess those sins that keep me from clinging to your glorious presence. Make me see your works that I may worship you as the man in John 9. I pray this through the healer of the world, Jesus Christ, Amen.

Lenten Quote, Day 20

We don’t mark Advent and Christmas and Epiphany, Lent and Good Friday and Easter and Pentecost out of nostalgia. We mark these days in protest against the rationalisms and simplifications of modern time. We mark these seasons to declare the truth that time is “not a quantity, but a melody” (ERH).

–Peter Leithart

Sin as the Poisonous Snake; or, Jesus as our Substitute

Precisely out of his fathomless love the creator God sent his own Son not simply to share in the mess and muddle of our human existence, but to take upon himself the task of being the place where God would pass judicial sentence upon sin itself, sin as a fact, sin as a deadly power, sin as the poisonous snake whose bite means death itself. –N.T. Wright

Lenten Prayer

Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen

Lenten Quote, Day 19

Stretching out Thy divine hands upon the Cross,
Thou hast joined together
that which before was divided,
and by Thy mediation
Thou hast offered as a gift to the Father
the nature of mortal man,
that was under condemnation.
Therefore we sing the praises
of Thy sinless Crucifixion.
St. Joseph the Studite

Lenten Quote, Day 18

In the long and difficult effort of spiritual recovery, the Church does not separate the body from the soul. The whole man has fallen away from God; the whole man is to be restored, the whole man is to return. –Alexander Schmemann