About Lenten devotions going forward: the week ahead sets the rhythm of the bulk of our Lenten reflections.
- Mondays are for biblical reflection
- Tuesdays are for service...see instructions tomorrow
- Wednesdays are for historical perspective
- Thursdays are personal activities of self-improvement
- Fridays are prayer practices
- Saturdays are for outings
- Sundays are for Sabbath-keeping
Today's Biblical Reflection
Our baptismal vows include renouncing the “spiritual forces of wickedness”. Casting aside those things that cripple our ability to see, hear, trust, love and follow God is a critical part of our end of the baptismal covenant. The vow goes on to include rejecting the evil powers of the world and repenting of our sin. This is where the notion of wickedness goes from being an external thing to a personal problem. Even if we were created wonderfully by God, there is an obvious problem within us. Baptism gives us an opportunity to take hold of that problem and cast it out.
"Then someone came to him and said, ‘Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?’ And he said to him, ‘Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.’ He said to him, ‘Which ones?’ And Jesus said, ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; Honor your father and mother; also, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ The young man said to him, ‘I have kept all these; what do I still lack?’ Jesus said to him, ‘If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’ When the young man heard this word, he went away grieving, for he had many possessions."