😎🐫🎤 Christ’s peace be with you. Last Hump Day was Ash Wednesday and Sunday was the first Sunday of Lent. For going on 52 years now, I’ve experienced the Lenten season. Typically, it’s been my least favorite liturgical season, but it feels different this year. It doesn’t matter how many times you hear something, your current attitude and outlook on life will bring a new perspective on what can seem like a dust covered message. Sunday’s second reading was Romans 5: 12-19. The verse that rang clear as a bell to me was verse 19. “For just as through the disobedience of one person the many were made sinners, so through the obedience of one the many will be made righteous.” We all know the One that we will be made righteous through is Christ. What came to mind next was that Christ also gives us the opportunity to contribute to this turnaround from sin to righteousness. Sin entered paradise because of selfishness. Wanting more than paradise could offer. Seems kind of silly, right? What’s better than sharing paradise with the Lord? Sin is the no brainer choice. Choosing the love and grace of God is a conscience choice. That’s were obedience comes in. You know those “random acts of kindness” that make you feel good and happy? Do you really believe they’re random? They seem to me to be planned opportunities that the Holy Spirit presents to us. Opportunities to step outside of our selfish selves to be obedient, thereby drawing one step closer to the love and grace of our Father and paradise as it was originally offered to us as His sons and daughters. During the season of Lent there is a great focus on prayer, fasting, and alms giving. True, these are things we should be focusing on every day. As you draw closer to Christ’s road to Calvary this Lent, you are once again presented a greater opportunity to choose to receive the love and grace of our Lord through your obedience, when He presents you with opportunities. Don’t just make the no brainer choice. Stop and make a conscience choice.
Just a quick reminder to go to the menu and checkout the Walking with Emmaus page. Our first walking share group will be Sunday, 3/15/2020 1:00 PM at Charleston Falls in Tipp City, OH. All are welcome to join our walk. If you are an Emmaus alumni, bring your name tag and group reunion card. I hope to see you there. Bless others and be blessed.
#Kutless – Grace and Love