Christ our Light, from Art in the Christian Tradition,
a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.
God of wilderness and water,
your Son was baptized and tempted as we are.
Guide us through this season,
that we may not avoid struggle,
but open ourselves to blessing,
through the cleansing depths of repentance
and the heaven-rending words of the Spirit. Amen.
And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life." Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.
Jesus has prepared his whole life for what he is about to do. He listened to the Word of God: he listened to the calling, he followed his heart. He had encouragement and he had controversy. He knew the love of God. We too listen to the word of God. We have a call. We follow our hearts and we too have encouragement and controversy. What is being asked of you?
Sister Dorothy Stang, SNDdeN lived in Brazil for 40 years and ministered with people living in poverty all this time. During this time, the Government of Brazil offered tenet farmers in the Northeast of the Country, land of their own if they traveled to the interior of the country. The Farmers traveled to the Interior and Dorothy traveled with them. It was here she gave her life so that the farmers may have their life and land. Read “Seeds bear Fruit” online or download the magazine (pp. 4-7) from the Good Works, November 2014.
What is being asked of us?
Nice prayer for Lent
Do Lent generously **What is in your RED BOX?