MARCH 1, 2017
The Assigned Readings for This Feast:
Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 or Isaiah 58:1-12
Psalm 103 or Psalm 103:8-14
2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Lent is a time to prepare for Easter. The forty days of this season exclude the Sundays which fall within its timespan, hence the distinction between a day of Lent and a Sunday in Lent.
I invite you, O reader, to maintain a holy Lent. There is more than one way to do this, and the best way to do it is the method which works for you. Some suggestions follow:
- Fast one meal per day.
- Eat simpler meals than previously.
- Give up a bad habit.
- Take up a good habit.
- Increase your prayer time.
- Study the Bible more than before.
LENTEN AND EASTER DEVOTIONS (http://lenteaster.wordpress.com/) contains Lenten devotions specified per day and filed in the monthly “Church Calendar” categories. Perhaps they will prove useful to you. Writing and revising them is certainly a healthy spiritual exercise for me.
May the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you today and always.
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR