Lenten Reflection for Palm Sunday

Scripture: Mark 11:1-11 Typical.  There is no other way to describe Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday other than, “typical.” Like he came into the world, Jesus entered Jerusalem, where he would leave the world, in a lowly and humble way.  Jesus rode in, not on a mighty warhorse with great fanfare as kings […]

Lenten Reflection for March 28

Scripture: Mark 1:4-11 In this opening scene of Mark’s Gospel, we are introduced to John the Baptist and Jesus.  When I first read this passage with the thought of reflecting on it for this booket, what leaped into my mind was: How did John feel as he baptized Jesus, with the voice of God saying […]

Lenten Reflection for March 27

Scripture: Genesis 1:1-5 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, Darkness was over the surface of the deep, And the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was […]

Lenten Reflection for March 26

Scripture: Psalm 29 The psalmist describes God’s powerful presence as in a thunderstorm. “The God of glory thunders.” and it feels frightening. “The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars, He makes Lebanon skip like a calf and the voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness.”  There is, however, hope at the end of the […]

Lenten Reflection for March 25

Scripture: Acts 19:1-7 While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus.  There he found some disciples and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”
  They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.
  So Paul asked, “Then what […]

Lenten Reflection for March 24

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 Depending upon which translation you choose, this passage of the Bible can be taken as either a frightening “call to arms” against immorality or spiritual common sense.  The earliest English versions speak against intimate relations without an intimate relationship.  Later versions refer to immoral acts and then leave it to interpretation […]

Lenten Reflection for March 23

Scripture: Psalm 139:1-6;13-18 The first thing I noticed, with delight and curiosity, is that the psalm begins with a note:  For the director of music.  Of David.  A Psalm.  I then found this note attached to many of the psalms, and of course, it is a reminder that the psalms are poems, or songs, meant […]

Lenten Reflection for March 22

Scripture: 1 Samuel 3:1-10 and 11-20 When I was a little girl growing up in northern Alberta, night time could be really scary.  The howling of nearby coyotes is probably the thing that I remember the most.  No wonder when I heard the scripture from 1 Samuel, Chapter 3, read in church, I was struck […]

Lenten Reflection for March 21

Scripture: John 1:43-51 Verses 43-51 of this scriptural passage tell of Jesus finding Philip and saying, “Follow me.”  Philip invites Nathanael to come see Jesus.  Within this selected passage is the beginnings of Jesus’ discipleship.  “Follow me” is Jesus’ standard invitation. There is cynicism expressed by the statement, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”  […]

Lenten Reflection for March 20

Scripture: Psalm 111 Praise the Lord! I will extol the Lord with all my heart, in the council of the upright and in the assembly. Great are the works of the Lord; They are pondered by all who delight in them. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; All who follow his […]