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

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