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Lenten Meditations: Friday 22 March

Mar 22

am: Ps 22
pm: 141, 143

Jere 29:1, 4-13

Rom 11:13-24

John 11:1-27 or 12:1-10

FIFTH FRIDAY OF LENTSt Basil of Ancyra, 362

LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY: Saint Basil strove in martyrdom during the short reign of Julian the Apostate, from 361-363. The Saint was denounced as a Christian to Saturninus, Governor of Ancyra, who, when Basil would not deny Christ, had him hanged from a post and scraped on his sides, then beaten, and cast into prison. A few days later, when Julian himself came through Ancyra, the Saint was brought before him and was asked to deny Christ; he refused and was further tortured receiving the crown of martyrdom.

MEDITATION OF THE DAY: The Church in its wisdom gives us Psalm 22 on this last Friday of Lent which sets the tone for the coming days. While the world around us is filled with Easter Bunnies  and Holiday Spring colors, the Psalm reminds us that  it is not possible for us to get to any of those images with any meaning  without being confronted with the reality of  the suffering of Christ on the Cross. It should compel us, inspire us, humble us and move us.  The words of this Psalm are filled with power and awe that should inspire and make humble all people. Today, consider the words to this profound Psalm and remember Jesus' suffering anew. His torture was our triumph. His sorry was our salvation.

PRAYER OF THE DAY:  Gracious Jesus, I kneel before you, asking you to fill my heart with  a deep and lively faith, hope, and charity, with true repentance for my sins, and a firm resolve to make amends. As I reflect upon your five wounds, and dwell upon them with deep compassion and grief, please bring me to a place of renewal that I may humbly walk in your ways all the days of my life. Amen

ANCIENT WISDOM/PRESENT GRACE:   God heals the sicknesses and the grief’s by making the sicknesses and the grief’s his suffering and his grief. In the image of the crucified God the sick and dying can see themselves, because in them the crucified God recognizes himself. — Jurgen Moltmann, The Crucified Christ

Lenten DisciplineAttend the Celebration of the Holy Eucharist, spend time in the presence of the Cross. Ponder the gift that is Christ broken for you on the Cross. Give thanks for those who were steadfast in their commitment to the theology of the Eucharist and perhaps invite a person who is in need of that to share that with you this coming Sunday.

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