Lenten Meditations: Monday 12 March

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Mar 12

am: 57

pm: 77, 79

1 Chron 25:1a,6-8 Col 1:28–2:3 John 7:14-36

FOURTH MONDAY OF LENT – Gregory the Great, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, 604

LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY: Gregory the Great’s influence on the forms of public worship throughout Western Europe was enormous. He founded a school for
the training of church musicians, and Gregorian chant (plainchant) is named for him. The schedule of Scripture readings for the various Sundays of the year, and the accompanying prayers (many of them written by him), in use throughout most of Western Christendom for the next thirteen centuries, is largely due to his passion for organization. His treatise, On Pastoral Care, while not a work of creative imagination, shows a dedication to duty, and an understanding of what is required of a minister in charge of a Christian congregation. Perhaps most importantly for Anglicans,  he was very concerned about the conversion of England, sending 40 monks from his own monastery led by a bold and courageous member of the community, Augustine.


MEDITATION OF THE DAY : Jesus went to the temple and taught. We note again that the Jews were amazed because this untrained man has such learning Jesus puts aside the need for seminary formation and says his teaching comes from GOD. This causes wonderment, namely the question is Jesus the Christ? The same level of questioning at that time, takes place in our time as people wonder by what authority he speaks and those who minister on his behalf. It is curious how people question the nature of Christ and his teachings? Why spend so much energy on something that you think is without merit. Could it be fear that what Jesus says is true? Could it be that their lack of faith is not wisdom but folly, so better to attack it than be demonstrated the fool?


PRAYER OF THE DAY : O my God! Source of all mercy! I acknowledge Your sovereign power. I believe that You, Lord, can in an instant turn this loss to gain. Miserable as some may be in their doubt I firmly believe that You can do all things. Open their hearts, make gentle their minds, please restore the time lost, to a place of belonging in you. In Jesus name we pray. Amen


LENTEN DISCIPLINE – Meditate on God’s word through the use of spiritual or religious music, perhaps a Gregorian chant. Let the music and the words wash over your soul.

ANCIENT WORDS/PRESENT GRACE: Whatsoever one would understand what he hears must hasten to put into practice what he has heard.–St. Gregory The Great

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