23 February 2020: The last Sunday before Lent.

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The world contines to do what they do. The press is full of this or that scandal, and the best thing to do is ignore them. Today is a day when we should go and give thanks to God and rest.

For we are not called to look at metaphors and myths, but the bare truth of the death and resurrection of Christ.

The Resurrection by Mikhail Nesterov

Collect
Almighty Father,
whose Son was revealed in majesty
before he suffered death upon the cross:
Give us grace to perceive his glory,
that we may be strengthened to suffer with him
and be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory;
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Collect II, The Sunday before Lent, Church of Ireland

Christ was not merely human, raised by holiness: for no man can have the mind of God or remain righteous for decades. We are broken, and we tend to sin — for we love imperfectly, and often we desire what we ought not. When we have a righteous man walk among us, we could not stand it.

But in his death and resurrection our acts of evil — all of them — are dealt with, and we can live in the light of truth, being friends with God. For that the world will hate us, as they hated Christ. For it is not I, but Christ in me.

2 Peter 1:16-21

16 For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For when he received honour and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son,[a] with whom I am well pleased”, 18 we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. 19 And we have something more sure, the prophetic word, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, 20 knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. 21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

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