Sunday, March 29, 2009

Sunday in Lent 5

For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. (Mark 8:35)

We can easily destroy ourselves trying to cling to our delusions about who we are and what our role in society is. We can find ourselves in letting go.

Fr. Brian had a lot to say about this in this morning's sermon at the mission.

I see it illustrated again and again - in individual lives, in congregations, in corporations, in communities. The more desperate we are to hang on to our fantasy or hold on to what is past, the more we lose any hope of authenticity and new life.

Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

--the BB

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