Daily Lectionary: Genesis 15:1-21; Mark 5:21-43
Remember, O LORD, Your tender mercies and Your loving-kindnesses, for they are from of old. Let not my enemies triumph over me. Redeem Israel, O God, out of all their troubles! (Psalm 25:6, 2 from the Introit for Lent 2 )
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. The themes of the Sundays of Jesus’ Lent for you are found in their Introits. Tomorrow is “Reminiscere” Sunday, which means “Remember.”
“Remember, O Lord.” That’s your prayer! You need God to remember His tender mercies and His covenant faithfulness. You need the Father to keep keeping His promises. You need Him to remember Jesus’ Lent for you. You need Him to remember!
What about your remembering? Your memory is overrated at best and sinful in actuality. Your iniquity clouds your judgment. It erases your memory of God’s promises. It makes you biased about what you have and haven’t done and how little you deserve.
You think that you aren’t that bad, or at least not as bad as others. You think you are improving all the time and somehow merit God’s attention. You’re okay—at least you are trying. God’s going to let you into eternal life on the Last Day because you are you.
See how wrong your mind is? You need to repent of everything you remember about you today! Repent of what you think is good about you. Turn from what you have done. Stop trusting in something inside you to determine how you are doing before God. Ask God to clean your memory of what your sins are and fix your eyes on what God remembers!
God remembers Jesus. He’s closed-minded about everything about your salvation other than Jesus for you! He dwells on nothing else when it comes to you other than what Jesus did for you in the Lenten season. Jesus lived for you and died for you. Jesus rose for you and lives for you. All that you are and ever will be is found only in the wounds of Jesus. Everything else is just something to repent of!
What about what you do? It’s all in Jesus’ nail-scarred hands! All that you do in Jesus, in the faith of Jesus, is good before God because Jesus has enlivened you to do good. Always remember that! And when you fail, when you fall into sins, repent and remember that in Him, your sins are forgiven, or remembered no more before God.
Remember Sunday! Reminiscere! From the Introit for the Second Sunday of Lent! Remember, O Lord, your mercies! Remember Jesus for me: His love, His promises, and His Cross. Remind me of this God, when I do good or bad before you. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.