First Sunday in Lent, March 10, 2019
“Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins.
His mercy endures for ever.”
In our baptismal covenant, we promise, whenever we fall in to sin, to repent and return to the Lord. We do much the same thing in our human relationships. We may do something to hurt or anger a friend, and then experience joy when we apologize and make amends, and find the relationship deeper and stronger than before. Lent, as a season of preparation for Easter gives us all an opportunity to think about the strains in our relationships with God and with each other, and with God’s created world.
Today, and throughout the Sundays in Lent, you are invited to use the hashtag #livingmybaptism to share your reflections on social media.
Think of a time when you made or accepted an apology that enriched a relationship. Have you ever experienced something like that in your relationship with God?
Think of a time when someone in your worshiping community or our diocese made or accepted an apology that enriched a relationship. How has this affected your relationship with God?
Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan; Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
--Collect for the First Sunday in Lent, BCP, p. 217