Our forty day Lenten journey toward Easter is fundamentally an imitatio Christi–an imitation of Jesus’ time in the desert. It’s a time of simplicity, purification, and self-denial, of setting aside our distractions and diversions and getting back to basics: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
Here we have readings, devotions, and meditations to help us come closer to the meaning of Christ's suffering, death, and resurrection, preparing our hearts for Good Friday and Easter.
We start this special journey this year on 14th February at 7pm. Fr. Marvin Bowers will be joining us to officiate.
Lent Meditations 2018 (Year B)
Taking into consideration the six threads of our life as expressed in the Christian Life and Formation summary, as well as the readings for Ash Wednesday and the Sundays during Lent, we can use this time of Lent to deepen our walk with the Lord. Each week there are 4 meditations, one for each of the Sunday readings, to help us apply the teachings in Scripture during this season.
Week of Ash Wednesday:
Isaiah 58:1-12; Ps.51:1-17; 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6,16-21
a) Isaiah 58:1-12: “ ‘Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter –
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness[a] will go before you,
and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. (v.6-8)
The Church: Thinking of the way God treats us, how should we behave as a Church to show the same attitude to each other as God shows towards us?
My personal relationship with Christ: Am I conscious of all that I can enjoy, because of what the Lord has done in my life?
My personal relationship with Christ: For what do I work most? For my own good? For that of my family? For the Lord?
Week of Lent 1:
Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-10;
1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15
The Bible: Dios ha hecho muchos pactos con la humanidad. ¿Cuánto tiempo me dedico a leer la Palabra de Dios para saber de estos pactos? God has made many covenants with mankind. How much time do I spend Reading God´s word in order to know about these covenants?
My personal relationship with Christ: Do I allow the Lord to guide me? What decisions do I have to make at the momento where I want the Lord to show me which is HIS path rather than MINE?
Witness: During this time of Lent, with whom can I share the Good News in these verses?
My beliefs: Is it difficult for me to believe that Jesus is 100% God and 100% man?
Week of Lent 2:
Genesis 17:1-7,15-16; Psalm 22:23-31;
Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38
My personal relationship with Christ: What does it mean to “walk before God”? In what areas of my life am I tempted to try to escape from His presence? In what aspects of my life am I not perfect? What should I do?
Spirituality: In my prayer life, do I CRY OUT to the Lord? Or do I simply SPEAK to Him?
My beliefs: How sure am I that I will be considered righteous before God because of what Jesus did in dying and rising again from the dead?
My witness: The cross about which Jesus is speaking here is a cross that is taken up voluntarily. What “cross” have a taken up to follow and serve Christ in the world?
Week of Lent 3:
Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19;
1 Corinthians 1:1-8-25; John 2:13-22
a) Exodus 20:1-17: God spoke all these words: 2 ‘I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 3 ‘You shall have no other gods before me. (v.1-3)
My Witness: Living in a world where most people put other “gods” before God (whether their god is work, the family or something else), how can I show in my life that God is the most important factor in my life?
b) Psalm 19: “Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun…..
7 The law of the Lord is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple…..
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
and all of them are righteous.
10 They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the honeycomb.” (v.4,7,9b-10)
Bible: Do I see the Word of God as “precious”? Do I “devour” the Bible or simply read it out of duty?
c) 1 Corinthians 1:1-8-25: “20 Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. (v.20-21)
Bible: Do I examine the Scriptures to see how Jesus fulfils all prophecies?
d) John 2:13-22: “14 In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. 15 So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts,…..; he scattered the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. 16 To those who sold doves he said, ‘Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!’ 17 His disciples remembered that it is written: ‘Zeal for your house will consume me.’” (v.14-17)
My witness: Do I honour God´s house as I should?
Week of Lent 4:
Numbers 21:4-9; Psalms 107:1-3,17-22;
Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21
Church: In the congregation, Deanery and Diocese to which I belong, in what situations do I see people complaining and infecting others with the same attitude? What should I do about it?
Church: Do we pray and cry out to the Lord together about the situations which weigh us down as congregations, deaneries and the Diocese? Do we thank Him together when we see answers to our prayers?
My Witness: Does my way of living show that I do not depend on good works to “earn” my salvation? What are the “good works” that God has prepared for me?
My beliefs: Am I convinced about what Jesus did on the cross to bring salvation to those who believe in Him?
Week of Lent 5:
Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalms 51:1-12;
Hebrews 5:5-10; John 12:20-33
Spirituality & my personal relationship with Christ: Do I allow the Lord to enter into my heart to such an extent that He can write His laws and promises into the most intimate parts of my life? What can I do so that He can write them even more deeply?
b) Psalms 51:1-12: “mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me” (v.1-3)
My personal relationship with Christ and my witness: In my daily life, where have I sinned and need to ask forgiveness?
My beliefs: What do I believe about the fact that Jesus “learned” obedience?