Thursday in the Second Week of Lent, Year B
04 March 2021
Reading:Mark 8: 31-38
Scripture: “Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days, rise again.” (Mark 8: 31)
Reflection: In this second week in Lent, as we continue our journey through the Lenten season in preparation for Easter, with great hope and expectation, we focus on the fact that without rain and heavy toil, there can be no harvest. Without the death of Jesus Christ, and the forgiveness of our sins by the shedding of His blood, we would never know salvation. Without His journey to the cross, He would not have conquered death. We would for evermore be offering sacrifices for our sins, with no direct line to God; forever indebted. Through His death, we are freed from the bondage of sin, entirely due to the grace of God which He dishes out so willingly.
The seasons the Lord takes us through as individuals and collectively, even today, shape us into who we are and what we are to become. There is a popular quote that states, “smooth seas never made a skilled sailor” and as we step into God’s purpose for our lives, there will be challenges. There will be seasons of pandemics, as we are currently experiencing. There will be times when we cannot see the light, and have no idea what our next move should be; times when we have to dig deep into our faith for that peace and presence to let go and let God. But we can trust that His plan is just and perfect as it always has been; and that the difficult times are cultivating within us, the tools we will need further down the road.
As we continue our journey through the Lenten season, let us look at it as a time of renewed reflection, to ensure our lives, our values and our actions are in line with God’s desires for us. Let us not see this journey as a difficult season of denial and sacrifice, but as another chance to come to God; to try and understand what we can learn through these trials and what He is trying to teach us.
Meditation: “We all need difficult days to increase our dependence on God and learn His grace is sufficient.” (Paul Washer)
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that there is a gem in each season of trial for later use. Thank You for Your ultimate sacrifice. Amen.
The St. Jude’s Writers
St. Jude’s Church
Anglican Diocese of Jamaica and The Cayman Islands
04 March 2021