Lenten Meditations: Thursday 27 February

Feb 27, 2020 by

Psalm: am: 37:1-18 pm: 37:19-42
Old Testament: Hab 3:1-18
Epistle: Phil 3:12-21
Gospel: John 17:1-8

Thursday after Ash Wednesday​ ​- ​St​. Almoth of Stowe, Hermit and Martyr, 700 AD

LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY​:​ Almoth was a herder who was known in the region of Mercia as a person of great piety and, although he was an unlettered serf, he practised his religion with simple devotion that inspired many. Alnoth led the life of a hermit in the woods of Stowe near Bugbrooke and there in his solitude he was murdered by some robbers, who infested the wooded country. They could not have killed Alnoth for his wealth because he had none, and the local people were sure that it was hatred of his faith and holiness of life that had motivated his murderers. He was regarded as a martyr and his tomb was a place of pilgrimage for centuries, those visiting it attesting to miracles and answered petitions.

MEDITATION OF THE DAY​: The confidence of knowing Jesus Christ as Risen Lord and Savior and the burning desire to live a life worthy of that calling is at the heart of St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians. We all know well that are to make a choice in life, to choose to run the race, to see that all that the world offers as rubbish in light of the great prize offered to us in the person of the risen Christ. Jesus clearly states what we as Christian followers need to do in order to live in Christ. And so this Lenten season is one of choice. This choice is to run the race of God or the rat race that this world offers? To embrace the call of humility and self-denial versus the call God gives to us to make it a lifestyle. What is the prize we are hoping for? What is the prize we are yearning for? That will be determined but our hierarchy of values. Is Christ at the top of that hierarchy? Can we take it on simply and humbly as Blessed Almoth did 14 Centuries ago?

PRAYER OF THE DAY:​ ​Lord, so many possibilities exist for us in this life but wisdom is needed for gracious choices. . Help me to remember that I cannot make a right decision without you. You are the only one who knows how this decision will affect my life and that of others.. Give me the grace this Lent to come to you each day seeking your guidance for my life.. Lord, help me be a faithful and humble servant in every situation. Amen .

ANCIENT WISDOM/PRESENT GRACE​: ​“”It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.” ~ Saint Augustine

L​ENTEN​ D​ISCIPLINE​ – ​Look around your area where you live, read the newspaper, or watch the television news, ​intentionally ​ . Look for stories about those who are running the race for Christ with humility and try to contact them and thank them for their witness to the faith.


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