Thursday of Lent 5, April 11, 2019
“Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins. His mercy endures for ever.”
Restore us, good Lord, and let your anger depart from us;
Favorably hear us, for your mercy is great.
We tend to think of God’s anger as judgmental wrath. What if, instead, we thought of it as impatience with our blindness? We turn our attention away from God, and in our shortsightedness make a mess of things. By concentrating on creation rather than the Creator, we act as if we are in charge.
God’s love and God’s anger go hand in hand. God is angry at the mess we’ve made, but unwilling to leave us in the mess, and so sent the Son to be Incarnate in Jesus to restore us to the divine image.
In the eucharist, we offer our whole selves, individually, as a Church, and as humanity to God to be blessed. We offer the gifts of creation – grain and grapes – and our whole economy that produces bread and wine, and ask God to bless them. God does and makes them again revelatory of the divine image.
Week after week, what we offer is transformed into the very life of Jesus for our nourishment and restoration, and week by week, we go out to try to make that a reality in the world. In the eucharist, we are made the Body of Christ, and participants in the life of the Trinity
When you think about your offering on the altar, what do you wish you could change?
How have you been transformed by baptism and eucharist?
What hurts and angers can you set aside in eucharist this week?
Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(Collect for the Second Sunday of Easter, BCP 224)