4th Week of Lent
Prayer of the Week
(pray this prayer each day this week)
Most High God,
You are Lord over and above all the kingdoms of the world. Yet, often I crave the ‘success’ of this world: wealth, fame, happiness, comfort, pleasure, and other similar things. You remind me that those who receive their reward in the world don’t necessarily receive a reward in your Kingdom. You remind me that while I may suffer sorrow and lack and want in pursuit of your will and your way… my real reward is your everlasting love. So, you call me to be courageous in speaking and acting for justice and mercy rather than for fame and fortune. You call me to lift up the poor and oppressed rather than aspire for wealth and comfort. This week, give me the courage to endure hardship and sacrifice in this world while caring and serving others. Remind me that by these means I am accomplishing your will for justice and mercy for all people.
In Jesus name I pray. Amen
Read Luke 6:20-26
Week 4: Questions for Reflection
Jesus’ warning is clear: if we are rich, well-fed, comfortable, happy, and famous in this world… chances are we haven’t been living God’s will or ways. If we are poor, hungry, weeping, and un-liked in this world… chances are we have been living God’s will and ways. The message is simple, the world is unjust and heaps ‘rewards’ on those who commit injustice. To be right with God means giving ourselves in service to justice and mercy. Often this means the unjust world will punish us with hardship and suffering. But, God rewards us with full and everlasting victory and life
How often do you feel rich, well-fed, comfortable, happy, and well-liked? Can you point to the sources of these comforts and pleasures? What is the source God or the world?
How often do you feel poor, hungry, sad, and un-liked? Can you point to the sources of these hardships and sufferings? What is the source God or the world?
How can you shift your priorities to more deeply and more often find yourself living God’s will and ways and giving yourself in service to justice and mercy?
Action for the Week
Stretch with your courage. There are lots of comforts and securities we hang onto even though we know they have no real value in our lives with God. Do something this week that represents a Lenten sacrifice. Give something up that is familiar but unhelpful. Take on some act of service that promotes justice and mercy.