Pondering for Sunday, March 15, 2020

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Daily Office Readings for the third Sunday of Lent: Year 2

Psalm 93, 96; Psalm 34 Gen. 44:1-17; Rom. 8:1-10; John 5:25-29  

“For the hour is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and will come out—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.” (John 5: 28 – 29)

From the reading from the Gospel above, we will all come to the Resurrection after death.  However, we will hit a fork in the Resurrection road!  Some will proceed to Eternal Life. Others will not. I have always interpreted the Gospel to say we will all be raised to the next life, but then judgment comes.  Some will proceed to eternal life.  Others will proceed to non-existence.  I don’t believe a loving God would maintain us just to see us suffer, not my Lord Jesus. But this life we live today determines the path we take in he Resurrection.

Part 2 of 2

Eucharistic Readings for the Third Sunday of Lent: Year A

Exodus 17:1-7  Psalm 95  Romans 5:1-11  John 4:5-42

“They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Savior of the world.” (John 4:42)

I am always amazed at the number of unnamed persons in the Bible. Luckily, at the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus, Mary Magdalene was named as the preacher who preached “I have seen the Lord!” (John 20:18) The un-named woman at the well and the un-named man healed in part 1 of today’s blog are like many of us today.  Folks may not know our names but we are still being sent out to tell the life changing and life saving story of our Lord Jesus.

Funny how the two Gospel readings from John, though from different offices, the first from the Daily Office, and the second from the Eucharistic Readings for today, have the same theme in common.  This may be the work of the Holy Spirit trying to tell us something. Can you hear what the Spirit is saying?

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John

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