Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 31, 2019
“Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins. His mercy endures for ever.”
Last week, we explored how not loving ourselves well spills over into every relationship in our lives. Yet the Spirit has been at work within us and among us and we need to give thanks for when we have cooperated with the Spirit’s energies and directions. Our focus this week was on how we have not lived into “seek and serve Christ in all persons” and “loving our neighbor as ourselves”. Today, we look at how we have lived into these two aspects of our baptism
When have you, your worshiping community, or the diocese recognized that we need to change how we do things so that we are not participating in the exploitation of others through our own self-indulgence? What changed? What does it feel like now to have lived through these changes together?
When have you, your worshiping community, or the diocese recognized that actions were being born out of anger or envy rather than love? What changed? How did this change come about?
When have you, your worshiping community, or the diocese recognized that we were focused on worldly goods and comforts and as a result were not honest in how our life together could be? How did this change come about? What changed?
Let us rejoice together at the way the Spirit is shaping us to live into our baptism so that we can see Christ in us! Share your reflections with others. Use hashtag #livingmybaptism to share your reflections on social media.
Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world:
Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
(Collect for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, BCP, 219)