Blessings to you on Laetare Sunday (the 4th Sunday in Lent) and the final day of March. I think March was confused – it missed the “in like a lion, out like a lamb” adage because the weather has been unsettled and rainy for a bit of the last week. We had a lot of fun with our new family and their under-1 daughter, cooing and fussing; but that’s the sound of life and growth, needed change in the makeup of the Parish. There are changes afoot on the property – a crapemyrtle in front of the Parish House has gone the way of old trees and the other will go away soon. Necessary changes can be a bit painful but change helps us move forward.
In worship we heard lessons and offered prayers that highlight our need for reconciliation and for our response when we are made clean (even when that means we pass through judgment). Joshua brings to the forefront the idea that once the journey is complete we will eat the nourishment found in the promise land. And our psalmist reminds us that we find relief in the right judgement of God. Our gospel was the recounting of the parable of the Prodigal Son. But our sermon today focused on the reading from second Corinthians: [because Christ came for all and reconciled all to God] we are a new creation, restored to our foundation – life with God – without the blot of Sin. But that realization only comes from the removal of our sinfulness. A goal of our Lenten journey.
I invite your comments,
Readings: Joshua 5:9-12; Psalm 32; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32