Evening Prayer: March 7th

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Psalms: 9, 15
Gospel: John 1:1-18
Patristic Reading: N/A

And the Word became flesh…..From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. (John 1:14;16)

Gregory of Nazianzus once wrote “the unassumed is the unhealed”. For Gregory and the Early Church Fathers, the whole point of Jesus coming to earth and becoming human was so that all human beings could be washed clean of sin. If he were to have come just as fully divine, nothing about man’s nature could be changed. Sin could not be remedied.

But (as the early councils of the Church clarified) we are confident that God came to earth both as fully human and fully divine and this has far deeper implications for how we enter into relationship with our Creator.

As the Word became flesh……he also assumed everything about us. Joy, hate, fear, anger….all our emotions have been shared and experienced by the Son.

To be honest with you, this is one of the greatest reasons why I am a Christian in the first place. It’s not only that my salvation is assured…..but it gives me great comfort to know that I am not alone in feeling all the ups and downs of life. Our God is not an impersonal benefactor. He is not an impartial judge with no sense of compassion.

Rather he is someone who has felt the emptiness of hunger, the longing of thirst, the pain of abandonment, and the despair of doubt. Likewise…..Jesus is someone who rejoices with us in times of abundance, prosperity, hope and joy. 😀

Our God is one who journeys with us during Lent on the long road to Jerusalem, and invites us to new life in the glory of the empty tomb…..

Thanks be to God 😀 ❤ +

Evening Prayer: Baptism of the Lord (transferred)

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Psalms: 111,112,113
Gospel: John 1:1-7;19-20, 29-34
Patristic Reading:An excerpt from a sermon of St. Gregory Nazianzus

In the Gospel accounts, there seems to be an embarassment on behalf of the four respective authors. How can the Lord of all creation be baptized? What is the point? Surely he did not need to be cleansed of sin! 😛

The early Church wrestled with this question and basically came up with this answer. Christ consented to be baptized so that all water would be made holy. So that we would have a tangible way of marking our commitment to the LORD and a physical sign that all of our sins….past, present, and future have been washed clean 😀

I highly encourage you to take a look at the reading from St. Gregory (linked above)…..it really is fantastic theology! + 😀

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