Second Sunday in Lent, March 17, 2019
“Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins. His mercy endures for ever.”
Last week we explored how we have not loved ourselves and our neighbors in two ways: by not seeking to serve Christ in ourselves and in them and by not offering forgiveness to ourselves or to our neighbor. So now on Sunday we ask the questions from the positive side. In what ways can we confess that we have loved God by loving ourselves, each other, and our neighbors well?
Consider a time when you have recognized Christ being formed within you. What did this look like and feel like? Offer thanksgiving to God for the work of the Holy Spirit within you.
Consider a time when, as worshiping community or as a diocese, we saw and served Christ in our neighbor. What happened? How was Christ served? Offer thanks to God for the work of the Holy Spirit among us!
O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Collect for the Second Sunday in Lent, BCP, 218