25th Day of Lent

In The Message Bible, Eugene Peterson translates part of the Lord’s Prayer as

“Our Father in heaven,

Reveal who you are.

Set the world right;

Do what’s best – as above, so below.”

How would your part of the world look different if it was set right?
Is this God’s task or yours?

23rd Day of Lent

In Luke chapter 10, after telling a story, Jesus asks a complacent, settled, sincerely religious person, “Who acted as a neighbour to the victim in the story?” He doesn’t ask,  “Who was a good neighbour?” Jesus is telling his followers they need to act as a neighbour to anyone who needs one, rather than wait to be asked. The circle is very wide. It crosses the boundaries of suburb, city, religion, ethnicity, family, and country.

Who can you act as a neighbour to today?

Who needs you to act as neighbour to them today?

“Go and show mercy.” Jesus.

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Opening Sentence

To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, because we have rebelled against him and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God by following his laws which he set before us. Daniel 9:9-10

• Collect of the Day

Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. Continue reading “Fourth Sunday of Lent”

22nd Day of Lent

“Sugar in your tea, blood on your teeth” was a catch cry of the late 18th century campaign to abolish the Atlantic slave trade. It focussed on slave-grown sugar and was led predominantly by women in England. It was “dinner table by dinner table” activism.

What catch cry might bring a similar focus on child-slave chocolate?

(Not all chocolate involves forced child labour. Check donttradelives.com.au to find what companies produce “good” chocolate)

20th Day of Lent

Tens of thousands of poverty stricken parents in Africa will be tricked into selling their children for a little as $1.50. They do so believing that the “recruiter” can offer their children a life of hope and fulfilled dreams.

Instead the children are often forced to work with dangerous pesticides and machetes, beaten into submission, poorly fed, and imprisoned when not working.

“Chocolate’s hidden ingredient –  child slavery.”

Light a candle on your purple place as a prayer for the children who may have produced the chocolate in your Easter egg.

3rd Sunday of Lent

Use this image asan incentive for your meditation and prayer this Sunday.

Monday 21 March – 11th Day of Lent

When have you treated someone differently in speaking, action or thought because of the colour of their skin or ethnic background? This can be as simple as an assumption you made about them.

If justice is ‘the right ordering of power’ what might justice have looked like for them in your interaction?

(Today is also World Day for Water.)

2dn Sunday of Lent

Pray today for the poor of this world.

Day 8 of Lent

“(God has) already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women. It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbour, be compassionate and loyal in your love, And don’t take yourself too seriously – take God seriously.” Micah 6: 8 (The Message Bible)
What does it mean for you to “take God seriously”?

Day 7 of Lent

“Justice is the right ordering of power.” Mark Labberton

“Justice is what love looks like in public.” Cornell West

Do you act justly toward your family, your boss, your colleagues, your friends, strangers, the disadvantaged, the environment, yourself?

Find a way to act justly today in one area or situation you don’t usually.

Day 6 of Lent

Yesterday you defined justice.

Does the God you serve act justly?

What situations do you see that happening in? (Sometimes its easier to describe where you don’t see it happening.)

What does that mean for you as a follower?

First Sunday of Lent


G20 Protests, Melbourne.

Use this image to reflect on today.

(Source: HERE) Continue reading “First Sunday of Lent”

11 March 2011 – 3rd Day of Lent

In what ways would the song from yesterday be meaningful for a woman with her children in Christchurch at present, or a man who lost all his family in a tsunami, or a child soldier in Sudan, or a mother holding her child while he dies very slowly in her arms from lack of food?

Read Isaiah chapters 60 and 61 in the Bible (or online at biblegateway.com). How does the context of these words change their meaning?

10 March 2011 – 2nd Day of Lent

An old song says of God,

“(God) gave me beauty (instead of) ashes,

the oil of joy (instead of) mourning,

and a garment of praise (instead of) a spirit of heaviness.”

(Isaiah 61:3)

 

At what times has this been your experience?

Place some ash and a small bowl of oil on your purple place to remind you of those ocassions.

What God Gave Up for Lent

9 March 2011 – 1st Day of Lent

World Vision

Day 1: Ash Wednesday 09 March 2011

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Your journey through Lent and toward Easter begins today. Continue reading “9 March 2011 – 1st Day of Lent”

Orthodox Hymn for Lent – Open to Me the Doors of Repentance

Father Matthew Presents Lent and Shrove Tuesday

If you ever wondered what is it all about Mardi Gras and Lent, here it is 🙂

Fourtieth (Last) Day of Lent

Continue reading “Fourtieth (Last) Day of Lent”

Thirty-ninth Day of Lent – Good Friday

Thirty-eighth Day of Lent – Maundy Thursday

Continue reading “Thirty-eighth Day of Lent – Maundy Thursday”

Thirty-seventh Day of Lent

Thirty-sixth Day of Lent

Thirty-fifth Day of Lent

Palm Sunday

Thirty-fourth Day of Lent

Thirty-third Day of Lent

Thirty-second Day of Lent

Thirty-first Day of Lent

Thirtieth Day of Lent

See HERE a short biography of Oscar Romero.