Lent 2C

Focus

Give up cowardly comfort; boldly embrace the cross
During Lent God calls us to give up our sin. His pointed attacks against the sins that beset his people help us put off the attitudes and actions of our sinful nature. His perfect righteousness as our substitute assures us that we are right with God and empowers us in godly living. Today Jesus attacks our cowardly desire to hang on to earthly comfort. He calls us to be willing, as he was, to give up anything and everything for the sake of God and his kingdom. He lovingly warns us that, if we spend our lives serving our stomach, our house will eventually lie desolate.

Lessons

First Lesson: Jeremiah 26:8-15 The people of Jerusalem cling to comfort; Jeremiah embraces the cross.
Second Lesson: Philippians 3:17-4:1 Those who serve their stomachs are enemies of the cross.
Gospel: Luke 13:31-35 Jesus forsakes comfort and resolutely embraces his cross.
Psalm: Psalm 42-43

Suggestions

Rev. Jonathan P. Bauer

Jonathan Bauer serves at Good News Lutheran Church, Mount Horeb, Wisconsin.

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