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Sunday, March 11, 2007

Season of the Soul: Lent 3

Lenten Theme:
What is a fool for Christ
Fool Prayer

by Beth McLean
inspired by the Ash Wednesday Liturgy
from A Prayer Book for Australia.
Lord, make me a ‘fool’ for you.
Jesus, who has shown us how to really forgive,
who has travelled to death and back for our sake.
I pray that you will show me
how to forgive wholeheartedly and unreservedly.
How to love unconditionally.
How to show your love to others.
Transform me.

Isaiah 55:1-9
Psalm 63:1-9
1 Corinthians 10:1-13
Luke 13:31-35

To-day's reading of the Good News of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ tells of the Jesus sending a message to Herod, his prophetic visit to Jerusalem, and his brooding over Jerusalem.

On that very day some Pharisees came, saying to Him, “Get out and depart from here, for Herod wants to kill You.”

And He said to them, “Go, tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.’

Nevertheless I must journey today, tomorrow, and the day following; for it cannot be that a prophet should perish outside of Jerusalem.
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were not willing! See! Your house is left to you desolate; and assuredly, I say to you, you shall not see Me until the time comes when you say,

‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’”(NKJV)

The picture of the broody hen comes from Irenic Thoughts. For a commentary on to-day's gospel passage go to this post by Rev Frank Logue of King of Peace Episcopal Church, Kingsland, Georgia, USA.

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