Living a Life of Repentance

Living a Life of Repentance

We continue our Lenten theme of Repentance with another reminder of God’s grace.

We need the reminder because we tend to be short-sighted and get bogged down in the ways of the world. Outside of God’s grace, life is meaningless as many a philosopher will tell you!

But under His grace, we have meaning, purpose and enjoy His blessings in this life and in the life to come.

As we hear in tonight’s Gospel reading from Matthew 24,

As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” . . . “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.32 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 34 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

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Holy Week is quickly approaching with Palm Sunday on March 28th. We will host the Divine Service on Sunday but the daily Passion Readings will be posted online.

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Prayer during a pandemic:

Almighty God, heavenly Father, give us grace to trust You during this time of illness and distress. In mercy put an end to the pandemic that afflicts us. Grant relief to those who suffer, and comfort all that mourn. Sustain all medical personnel in their labors, and cause Your people ever to serve You in righteousness and holiness; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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