Psalms 93, 96; Jer. 6: 9-15; 1 Cor. 6: 12-20; Mark 5: 1-20
My choice for a Lenten theme is contained in Romans 12: 9-21. I feel so positive in regard to love and forgiveness that as I reflect on this Bible passage I feel as one with Jesus Christ.
“Love must be completely sincere. Hate is evil, hold on to what is good. Love one another warmly as Christian brothers and be eager to show respect for one another. Work hard and do not be lazy. Serve the Lord with a heart full of devotion. Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles, and pray at all times. Share your belongings with your needy fellow Christians and open your homes in hospitality.
Ask God to bless those who persecute you---yes, ask him to bless, not to curse. Be happy with those who are happy, weep with those who weep. Have the same concern for everyone. Do not be proud, but accept humble duties. Do not think of yourselves as wise.
If someone has done you wrong, do not repay him with a wrong. Try to do what everyone considers to be good. Do everything possible on your part to live in peace with everybody. Never take revenge, my friend, but instead let God’s anger do it. For the scripture says, ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink….’
Do not let evil defeat you; conquer evil with good.”
(Good News Bible)
Richard F. Miller
Richard has been a member of St. Margaret’s since 1999. He serves as a Greeter at the 8:00 AM service and is a member of the Wednesday Morning Prayer Group.