Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Lent: Tuesday, March, 4, 2008

Old Testament Lesson

Genesis 49:29-50:14

One of the important facts of the Bible is that we stand not alone, but we stand with all those that have gone before.  Jacob, or as he is called, Israel, wants to be buried with his ancestors.  He wants to be buried where his father was, and his father's father.  He wants to be laid to rest there among his forefathers. 

Family matters.  Tradition is important. What has been done in the past has a great impact upon the present.  We must never be too quick to rush ahead to the future that we forget the lessons that we have leaned in the past.  And let us never be too hasty to forget those that have gone before us.  

New Testament Lesson

1 Corinthians 11:17-34

Paul continues his talk about communion by warning the people that they should respect what happening at the table. In that day, communion was not as it is now, a wafer and bread, and juice or wine.  It was a meal.  And some folks were able to arrive early to the meal and eat all the food and drink all the wine. Paul says, don't do that. Respect your brothers and sisters.  For we gather at the table not as individuals, but as a community. Communion is not a singular experience, but we commune both with God, and with each other.  We join each other at the table, and we join all those that have gone before that are with the Lord as we speak. 

Gospel Lesson

Mark 8:1-10

With a few loaves and fish, He was able to feed the multitudes.  Imagine what He do through us today!  Imagine the good that He can do through us. For as we find just how great His love is for us, we will see just how much He calls us to love each other!  

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