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Lenten Reflections

 

Thus says the Lord:
The people who survived the sword
found grace in the wilderness;
when Israel sought for rest,
the Lord appeared to him from far away.
I have loved you with an everlasting love;
therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.
Again I will build you, and you shall be built,
O virgin Israel!
Again you shall take your tambourines,
and go forth in the dance of the merrymakers.
Jeremiah 31:2-4

Reflection:

In Judeo-Christian history and mythology, the desert has always represented the place of conversion, the place where life is stripped away to its bare essentials and the clutter that so often obscures what is most important is blown away like dross. Without anything to compete for our attention, the Word of God is able to be heard as a word of love and forgiveness. I have loved you with an everlasting love, and so I still maintain my faithful love for you. This is the true function of the Lenten season, to help us live in the resonance of that liberating word.

from the Monks of New Skete Monastery
(Eastern Orthodox)
Cambridge, New York

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At St. David’s we seek to introduce nothing novel to the Christian Faith, but to remind our generation of that happier state which was from the beginning of the Christian Era, when the Church of Jesus Christ was undivided upon the face of the earth. 

We believe our aspiration, which draws its inspiration from the example of the primitive Church, can be, and should be, at the heart of all efforts toward a greater and more visible unity among all Christians today who are justifiably dismayed by the present fractured state of Christendom.

But we must all bear our own part in this state of affairs that is so contrary to the prayer of Jesus that all his disciples be one (John 17:21).  When it comes to interacting with people from Christian backgrounds other than our own, we must acknowledge that what our conscience knows to do, is not always what we do.  

The Lenten Season can be a time to reflect on our failures, shortcomings, and yes, our sins; yet not in morose despair, but with the certainty of Christian hope, looking to Jesus Christ, God’s “remedy for the defilement of our sins” (1 John 2:2, NEB).  May this Season find us “following the commandments of God, and walking from hence-forth in his holy ways” (BCP, p. 75), with respect not only to us as individuals, but to our place within the larger Body of Christ.  For how we live affects that Body.

May we see in our day a healing and repair of the unhappy divisions which hinder Christian fellowship, thus marring the Church’s collective witness to God’s reconciling activity in Jesus Christ the Son of God and Savior of the world.  For ‘God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself.’ (2 Cor. 5:19).

- Pastor Jim

 

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