Lent 2017

Marveling

The resurrection of Jesus creates and makes available the reality in which we are formed as new creatures in Christ by the Holy Spirit. This is a foreign concept in our ego-centric, do-it-yourself, control freakish society. However, the Christian life is a Jesus-resurrection life, a life in us that is accomplished by the power of the resurrection, the Holy Spirit.
— Eugene Peterson

"Before the Rooster Crows"

“Listen, listen,” he said, “the cock won’t crow till you’ve betrayed me three times,” and that’s the way it was, of course — Peter sitting out there in the high priest’s courtyard keeping warm by the fire while, inside, the ghastly interrogation was in process, and then the girl coming up to ask him three times if he wasn’t one of them and his replying each time that he didn’t know what in God’s name she was talking about. And then the old cock’s wattles trembling scarlet as up over the horizon it squawked the rising sun, and the tears running down Peter’s face like rain down a rock.
— Frederick Buechner

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"Put Away Your Sword"

‘I am,’ he says, and throws the wicked to the ground. What will he do when he comes as judge, who did this when giving himself up to be judged? What will his power be like when he comes to reign, who had this kind of power when he came to die? And now even at the present time Christ is still saying through the Gospel, ‘I am.’
— Augustine

"One of You Will Betray Me"

If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is able to destroy a piece of is own heart?
— Alexander Solzhenitsyn

"You Have No Share"

To the humanism of antiquity, the crucified Christ was an embarrassment. Crucifixion… was regarded as the most degrading kind of punishment. Thus Roman humanism always felt ‘the religion of the cross’ to be unaesthetic, unrespectable, perverse… It was regarded as an offense against good manners to speak of this hideous death for slaves in the presence of respectable people.
— Jurgen Moltmann

The Rocks Would Cry

Stones might well cry out, but we will not let them: we will hush their noise with ours; we will break forth into sacred song, and bless the majesty of the Most High, all our days glorifying him who is called by Jacob the Shepherd and Stone of Israel.
— Charles Spurgeon

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