Psalms 63: 1-8 (9-11); 98; 103 Deut. 8: 1-10; 1 Cor. 1: 17-31; Mark 2: 18-22
As Lent began on Wednesday, I found Paul’s call to the Corinthian Christians to understand their faith in the saving power of the cross still a call for us today. Lent gives me the pause to be refreshed, remember Christ crucified, and why I am a follower.
Psalm 103 is a favorite reminder of God’s steadfast love of me. “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love”( v. 8). As you walk through a holy Lent this year, I pray you can feel God’s abounding love of you.
I am a member of one of the Education for Ministry (EfM) classes. One of the focuses of our study in the Old Testament beginning in Genesis and into our current study of Samuel 1 and 2 is God’s continuing love for His people. God gave laws through Moses, the Ten Commandments, and through Jesus, the Sermon on the Mount. God does not turn away from us when we do not follow the laws, as we have learned in the Old Testament, but it is His expectation that we follow the laws. During Lent may be a good time to review God’s laws to us: Exodus 20: 1-17, and Matthew 5: 1-12.
Judy Carpenter has been a member of St. Margaret’s for 7 years, since retiring, and spending winters in the desert. She is also a member of Church of the Ascension, Seattle. In addition to EfM, she is a Eucharistic Minister in both parishes.