In this season of Lent, we take time to remember.
We remember the suffering and death of Jesus Christ:
He took our pain.
He bore our suffering.
We considered him punished by God,
stricken by him and afflicted.
He was oppressed.
He was afflicted.
Yet He did not open his mouth,
but was led like a lamb to the slaughter. (Isaiah 53:4,7)
But we also remember that we have been united to Christ, and, therefore, share in his suffering and death:
We have been crucified with Christ.
We no longer live,
but Christ lives in us.
The lives we now live in the body,
we live by faith in the Son of God;
the one who loved us and gave himself for us. (Gal. 2:20)
Yet, we do more than just remember during this time. We receive a call to discipleship; a call for our hearts to be made new, our desires reoriented towards the Kingdom of God, our minds renewed, and our lives conformed to the image of Christ. For,
All of us who have been baptized into Christ have been baptized into his death.
Not only this, but we’ve also been buried with Christ,
So that, just as Christ was raised from the dead
through the glory of God,
we too may live a new life. (Rom. 6:3-4)
Part of this call to discipleship consists of communing with our God in prayer. Recognizing our weakness and insufficiency, we come in humility with our cares and concerns to the Almighty and All sufficient One. We take time, now, to lift up our prayers to God through Christ our Mediator.
(Time of Silent Prayer and Meditation)
This call to discipleship also includes filling our hearts and minds with the Word of God. His Word refreshes the soul and gives joy to the heart. By it we come to better know our God, His ways, and His calling for us in the ongoing drama of redemption. May we yearn for these things in this time together, and may our good God accomplish them through Christ by power of the Holy Spirit.