Tuesday of Lent 2, March 19, 2019
“Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins. His mercy endures for ever.”
Today we continue with our reflection on how we have not lived into our baptismal life of service.
We have been deaf to your call to serve, as Christ served us.
We have not been true to the mind of Christ.
We have grieved your Holy Spirit.
Have mercy on us, Lord.
In Philippians 2, we are called to demonstrate that we are being conformed to the mind of Christ through how we live our common life together. Through the work of the Holy Spirit that began shaping us in the baptism we share, we are empowered to be tender and compassionate toward one another.
The Spirit calls us to put off ambition that is for our own benefit. Our common life is to be one characterized by serving each other and valuing the interests of others above our own. This common life of mutual love and care has no room for grumbling about each other. Arguments which seem to be all too common in public life should not characterize our worshiping community and diocesan life. And yet we struggle to be true to this description of the mind of Christ.
In what ways have we grieved the Holy Spirit by not living according to the mind of Christ by grumbling, arguing, servingourselves rather than others, or putting our own interests first?
Almighty and merciful God, in your goodness keep us, we pray, from all things that may hurt us, that we, being ready both in mind and body, may accomplish with free hearts those things which belong to your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
(Proper 2 Week of the Sunday closest to May 18, BCP 228-9)