Lent - 2015
“Oh Jerusalem, Jerusalem, how often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!”
WELCOME, dear ones! We are gathered once again here in precious HOLY SPACE. HOLY SPACE, IN HOLY TIME, TO STAND AGAIN ON HOLY GROUND. I have already removed my shoes; I invite you to do the same at any point. We are gathered here as part of God’s family, part of the St. Andrew’s family, and for some of us, as part of our individual human families. We have gathered to enter again into the HOLY MYSTERY of God’s love, lavishly and completely poured out in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, our Savior and Lord.
I invite you to take a journey with me today. Let’s call it a “grace odyssey”, because it is a gift, and God has already initiated it. Like any good adventure, you can expect at least one crisis along the way – a place that holds – at one and the same time – both danger and opportunity. One possible danger could be that you realize you have come to the end of your own limited resources and can no longer go it alone. The opportunity, at that point then, will be to open yourself to receive from the abundance of grace all that God has to offer you: healing, forgiveness, reconciliation, comfort, new direction, deeper love, renewed faith.
Lent is a time of repentance and decision. Let us decide to offer the worst of ourselves to the healing love of Christ, so we may be made whole; so we may life into all which God created us to be, for we can trust, that as God’s beloved was put to death upon the cross, beneath it all is the pulsing of God’s steadfast love. We are saved from our sins FOR life, not from death, but for life. Let us see the face of Christ peering through our brokenness, showering us with love, inviting us into all goodness, and making us whole
Have you ever had the experience of hearing a melody, or a bit of a song in your head, and it just seems to take lodge in your mind, playing over and over and over again? That happened to me this past week. And though it has happened before, this time was different.
After his baptism, Jesus emerged from the water, and followed the Holy Spirit into the wilderness, a retreat of forty days, to grapple with how to make sense of being anointed by God, and live into anointing in a world that worshiped someone other than God. During Lent, we try to grapple with how we live into our baptism, too.