Saturday, March 23, 2019

Saturday of Lent 2

Saturday of Lent 2 – March 23, 2019 –Psalm 69:9

For zeal for your house has consumed me, and the reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me
When Jesus cleansed the temple His disciples would recall these words. Jesus’ zeal for the Lord and for the temple would end up becoming the cause for Jesus’ death. He stood in the way of the corruption of His day. Yet He patiently endured the sin of us all. He underwent suffering all the way to the cross. He carried our sins and iniquities.
Paul, in discussing how Christians should seek to please one another in matters of expediency, e.g., eating meats, cited this passage, and made the application to Jesus. Christ, who was utterly selfless, was willing to bear our reproaches and sin. If the Lord could bear the penalty for our sins, can we not accommodate one another in lesser matters?
Longsuffering, patient endurance, selflessness are those virtues we must emulate as we consider Jesus who bore the weight and breath of our sin. Do not loose heart in doing good. As Christ bore our sin patiently may we too imitate and emulate the Savior who became the model of  self-sacrifice on behalf of others.
When lures of easy gain
With promise brightly shine
Lord, help us seek Your kingdom first;
Our wills with Yours align.[3]    
Grant, most merciful Lord, to Your faithful people pardon and peace, that they may be cleansed from all their sins, and serve You with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen[4]

[1]Collect for Friday of Lent 2,  ,
[2] Collect for Friday of Lent 2, Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis
[3] O Christ, You Walked the Road stanza 4 Lutheran Service Book © 2006 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis
[4]Collect for Saturday of Lent 2,

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