Lenten Meditations: Thursday 18 February

Feb 18, 2021 by

Feb 18
am: 37:1-18
pm: 37:19-42
Deut 7:6-11 Titus 1:1-16 John 1:29-34

THURSDAY AFTER ASH WEDNESDAY St. Colman of Lindisfarne, Bishop & Missionary, 676)

LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY: A disciple of St. Columba born in Connaught, Ireland. He was a bold voice at the Synod of Whitby defending the Celtic celebration of Gospel against those who insisted on the Roman rites and practices. He resisted the decision of Whitby and led a group of Irish and English monks to the Isle of Innishboffin, near Connaught and then onto monks to Mayo. He was committed to the study of the liturgy and theological formation.


MEDITATION OF THE DAY: In the Epistle to Titus in the Office Readings for today there is a line that should get the attention of us all regarding the call “to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness —in the hope of eternal life”.


On these early days of Lent this verse from St. Paul could set the tone and tenor of our lives for this holy season. Do we not live in a world and a church that needs to be more deeply formed in the truth that leads to Godliness and Holiness?  Increasingly, our world revolves around debates about Fake New and the ability for a person to speak their own truth irrespective if it is objective and facts in evidence. This has made a world that is fraught with difficulty and increasingly dangerous place.


When we stop and consider the question of being formed in truth, it is certainly difficult to find such people today with denials and misrepresentation about the sanctity of life, the notion of what is right and wrong and the very idea of God being something that is now debatable and optional. Certainly, such a world makes it a challenge to grow deeper in faith. How else could you explain the consumerist culture? Lent reminds us that the call to a holy Lent at times does indeed require courage.


PRAYER OF THE DAY: Gracious God grant me courage to speak the truth in circumstances where it is difficult to do so like Jeremiah help me find the worlds to speak so that you may be honored in a world that that is often rare . I know can do all things through your Son Jesus Christ, may I be inspired by his example of truth strength and courage throughout these 40 Days. Amen


ANCIENT WISDOM/PRESENT GRACE: For though I am bound for the name of Christ, I am not yet perfect in Jesus Christ. For now, I begin to be a disciple, and I speak to you as fellow disciples with me. For it was needful for me to have been stirred up by you in faith, exhortation, patience, and long-suffering”. – St. Ignatius of Antioch


Lenten Discipline – Rin an effort to live in God’s truth, spend time immersed in the truth of God’s word by taking the readings appointed for today and practicing Lectio Divina.  This link will help you get started, go to https://www.anglicancommunion.org/media/253799/1-What-is-Lectio-Divina.pdf

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