Newsletter for Sunday 2 March 2014

1 Mar

In but a few days the season of Lent will be upon us.
Let us make it a really profitable time
for personal spiritual growth and development

By using our intellect and will, Lent can be a time when we can make progress in our Christian way of living.  In today’s Gospel Jesus offers us some very challenging and uncompromising words as we make our final preparations for the beginning of Lent.  He says, “No one can serve two masters; he will either hate the first and love the second, or treat the first with respect and the second with scorn.  You cannot be slave both of God and of money.  That is why I am telling you not to be anxious about your life and what you are to eat, nor about your body and how you are to clothe it …”

Jesus’ expressions  serving two masters and being anxious have in common the same root problem:  being divided within oneself – being distracted.    If we are to be as Paul suggests, “Christ’s servants”, (in Gk = hyperetas, meaning Christ’s “subordinates”) we must, ipso facto, be seen to acknowledge, reverence and obey Christ our Lord.  After all, it is the duty (vocation) of a servant to keep his eyes on his master (cf  Psalm 123: “I lift up my eyes to you who are enthroned in heaven. Just as the eyes of slaves are on their masters’ hand, or the eyes of a slave-girl on the hand of her mistress, so our eyes are on the Lord our God”.)

With conscious intentionality, let’s really try to love and obey Jesus in all things and at all times, so as to make Lent a really profitable time for personal spiritual growth and development.

 “Lord Jesus, free me from needless worries and help me to put my trust in you.  May my first and only concern be for your glory and your kingdom of peace and  righteousness.  Help me to be obedient and to live each day and moment with trust and gratitude for your providential care for me.”   Amen.

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