Palm Sunday – Now we are Battle Ready but are we fighting the right battle? The true battle is not about proving our worth or getting our way; it’s believing our worth and following God’s way. Pray that Jesus’ love will bring out the best in you.
Lent 5 – In the light of Palm Sunday, we see the true King and sinless judge who offers mercy. Jesus takes her place and pays the price for her sin. Jesus takes your place; Jesus pays your penalty. Will you live for the one who died for you?
Lent 4 – We need to come back to Home Base: the Father’s love for us. Sometimes we are the younger brother, sometimes the older. But we are all called to love like the Father. Experience God’s mercy 77 times, and welcome others as He welcomes you.
Lent 3 – Unlike the ancient Gods, the Lord is not another force in Creation. Moses needs to be convinced of three things: God’s Power, God’s Plan, God’s Love. When we are convinced of these three things, we can turn life’s “crap” into fertilizer.
Ash Wednesday – It’s good to give up things because we want to be better, healthier, have more time, less addicted. But Lent is about uniting our sacrifices to the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. If we die with Him, we will also rise with Him.
Why do Catholics fast and abstain during Lent? Whatever you do, don’t eat from the bacon tree.
Palm Sunday – Jesus says “yes” to God’s will, relying completely on the Father’s strength and not on his own. Many of us were born into the covenant but now we have to make it our own: will you rely on your own strength, or trust in God’s strength?
Lent 4 – The Covenant can also be broken by going through the motions of loving God without really loving God. Like a married couple, or a priest, or a Christian who does the right things but hasn’t given their heart. Where is your heart?
Lent 3 – Moses instructs the people in right living and right worship. Now God replaces the Temple with the Body of Christ, which includes all Christians. When you obey the commandments and live your purpose, you are a sign of the covenant.
Finally Abraham has ‘skin in the game’ and God can bless the world through him. When we trust God with our sexuality it will be transfigured into a glorious blessing. Abraham has learned that no matter what it costs, God keeps his promises. (25 Feb 2018)