Today’s Reading: John 6:1-15
Daily Lectionary: Genesis 41:28-57; Mark 11:20-33
And so Jesus, knowing they were about to come and seize Him so that they might make Him king, withdrew again to the mountain by Himself. (John 6:15)
Merry Lent! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. In a world where we judge our self-worth by the number of people who like our social media posts, Jesus is out of place. He runs from crowds. He flees from being promoted. He rejects hits on His website. Fame isn’t why He came!
Jesus came to feed His people. Five barley loaves and two fish feed five thousand men. What a miracle! He came to feed you, too! He came to take bread, give thanks, break it, and give to you His Body, broken for you. He came to take the cup, give thanks, and give it to you. Take, drink His Blood shed for you for the Cross. He came to die. He came to deliver to you His death in the Sacrament of the Altar.
We want to focus on our things. We put our careers first. We put our own feelings before others. We need “our” time. We push others down in order to push ourselves forward. We may not love being the center of attention, but we sure like the credit for what we do for others.
While you give attention to all the things you want to do for yourself, He is laser-focused on you. He is going to the Cross to save you. He’s got a date that He’s been planning since before the creation of the world. Nothing will keep Him from it! Every miracle that He does, every sermon He preaches, every private moment that He flees to, is so that He might live His life perfectly and count that perfect life as your life and then suffer the punishment you deserve for your self-centered life.
We will seize Him by force to make Him king. We will mock Him as we clothe Him in royal purple and crown Him with thorns. We will drive nails into His hands and feet and lift Him above the earth. There He will hang until He has done what He came to do, with the sign above His head which will say who He is: Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews. He came to save you. Merry Lent! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. –Rev. George Borghardt
Almighty God, our heavenly Father, Your mercies are new every morning; and though we deserve only punishment, You receive us as Your children and provide for all our needs of body and soul. Grant that we may heartily acknowledge Your merciful goodness, give thanks for all Your benefits, and serve You in willing obedience; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. (Collect for Laetare Sunday)