March 26, 2015
Daily Scripture Readings for Lent 2015
These daily readings are adapted from The Book of Common Prayer, Daily Readings for Lent Year One.
“If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me. But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” John 10:37
It is only 10 days until Easter. I am unbelieving about how quickly this first three months of 2015 have gone by, even more stunned by how fast this season of Lent has been. But here it is on us, Easter. Our scripture from John wants us first to think about Holy Week: Maundy Thursday supper is only seven days away. Good Friday darkness is on its heals. But John doesn’t REALLY know that, does he? He only knows that the tide is shifting, that the unbelievers are getting more restless, that the crowd against Jesus is getting more vocal. How to stay the course even when the negative is coursing all around us?
I’ve been in several discussions in recent weeks where it has felt like we have talked past one another. That wouldn’t make them discussions, really, more like parallel talking. We’re both moving our lips but neither of our ears or minds are registering what the other is saying for fear of giving up our own convictions or fear of giving the other any kind of power over us. How do our conversations become such stalemates? We do that with loved ones as much as we do that with people we don’t trust.
Read the gospel piece from John. You only have to click the link above. The “Jews”, John writes, he’s not talking about all Jews he’s talking about the leaders of the temple. Believing and practicing Jews whose lives were all about waiting for God’s Messiah, could not believe that Jesus could possibly be the One. They just want Jesus to say the magic words that would give them probable cause to arrest him and stop… what? the madness? the revival?… that Jesus has brought about.
“Even though you do not believe me….believe the works….” Jesus said
How do we talk about who God is? About what Jesus has done in our lives? How do we talk about the life changing truths that seem so real to us? How do we have conversation with people who disagree without having to walk away from one another? The words of Jesus suggests that sometimes it is time to stop talking and start living our faith ‘out loud.’ Your actions are telling a story… the story. How persuasive is your life?
Lord, may the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight. May the actions of my life reflect your beauty. Amen.
Friends, in April and May we are offering a church-wide prayer and study called Unbinding Your Heart to get conversation started about ways to live our faith out loud, sometimes using words. Hope you’ll join us.