The Third Sunday of Lent

This weekend is Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 March, beginning the third week of Lent.

The Kyiv Chamber Choir, sing the Credo:  “I believe in one God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.” As I start this prayer today, can I join in with this strong, almost exuberant expression of faith? Can I begin by declaring my faith in my God, my creator, my heavenly Father?

In this weekend’s reading, St Paul writes with great assurance about the peace and harmony we have with God through our faith in Jesus Christ. Through his death and resurrection Jesus has brought us back into a right relationship with God and this reconciliation brings solid and lasting hope. Holding these things in your mind, listen to this weekend’s reading from the St Paul’s letter to the Romans.

What does it mean for you to have hope that does not disappoint?
In what ways are you sharing this hope with others?

St Paul says the Holy Spirit has poured the love of God into your heart… it is yours to keep and share. How do you know you have this love in your heart?
What does it feel like? What difference has it made in your life?

On the Cross and throughout his life Jesus acted out God’s passionate and sacrificial love for each of us through his suffering and death. None of us have earned such love, none of us deserve it, but God gives it freely and willingly for everyone, everywhere. Jesus died for you. What feelings does this arouse in you?

As we continue our journey through Lent towards Jerusalem so we are moving deeper into Christ’s passion: coming closer to the Cross. What effect is this journey having on your relationship with God and with others?

As you hear the reading again hold onto the immensity of Christ’s love for you.

Spend the time now expressing your love and gratitude to Jesus.