Saturday, March 24, 2012

Introduction - Lent 5 - 20120325

Jer 31:31-34PS 51:1-13 Or PS 119:9-16Heb 5:5-10John 12:20-33
Intro to the Readings
Listen as the Prophet Jeremiah speaks of a new covenant that God initiates.
The Psalm is a familiar Lenten Psalm, Psalm 51, but listen to it afresh today. Let God create a clean heart.
Psalm 119 speaks of devotion to the Lord, of one who delights in the commandments and statutes of the Lord.
From Hebrews we are reminded of the obedience of the Son of God for disobedient humankind.
As we listen to the Gospel let your desire be “to see Jesus.” To see him who is glorified by the Father.

Let us listen and find new hearts in the new covenant that is ours because One was obedient.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Introduction - Lent 4 - 20120318

Num 21:4-9 – PS 107:1-3, 17-22 – Eph 2:1-10 – John 3:14-21
Intro to the Readings

Our first readings is about serpents that bit, and a serpent on a pole for people who were bitten to stare at.
The Psalm speaks of rebellious fools and those the Lord saves from the grave.
From Ephesians we are reminded of those who were dead through their trespasses and sins, but are now alive in Christ Jesus.
In the Gospel the Lord speaks about the story of Moses raising up a serpent in the wilderness, and of God’s love for the world.

Let us listen and receive God’s love for the world – God’s love for us.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Introduction - Lent 3 - 20120311

Ex 20:1-17PS 191 Cor 1:18-25John 2:13-22
Intro to the Readings
Our first reading this morning is the Ten Commandments.
Psalm 19 is a hymn that acknowledge the glory of God in creation, and that the law of the Lord is perfect.
To the Corinthians the Apostle writes saying that the foolishness of God, if there is such, is wiser than any human wisdom.
From the Gospel we see the Law of God at work in the Temple. It is not pretty.

Let us listen, and be mindful of God’s perfect law, as we have come to the Temple of the Lord.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Introduction - Lent 2 - 20120304

Gen 17:1-7, 15-16 – PS 22:22-30 – Rom 4:13-25 – Mark 8:31-38 Or Mark 9:2-9

Intro to the Readings
Reading from the book of Genesis, we hear the story of Abraham – the Father of many nations.
Psalm 22 moves from the desperate cry of the first verse to assurance for those who live in faith.
Writing to the Romans, the Apostle Paul, we listen as we are reminded of the law but know we must have faith. Faith as Abraham – the father of all – had faith.
In the Gospel Jesus taught the disciples about his suffering to come. But Peter takes him aside to tell him this can’t happen.
[The alternative Gospel reading is that of the transfiguration. Jesus on the mountain top.]

Listen, and rejoice in faith that you are a child of the “Father of All”, and a Child of God.