Third Sunday of Lent.

Third Sunday of Lent.

You are on holy ground.

The issue of repentance, one of the big issues of Lent, is put before us this week. Like a fig tree we are expected to produce fruit. But if we aren’t producing the fruit of the Kingdom, then something has to be done, not least because it affects our eternal souls. Lent is the time of the reprieve, to allow Christ, the gardener, to work on us, clearing away the dead stuff, and giving us new help to grow. Like Moses, we stand on holy ground, for God is present and calls us by name. He also reveals his name so that we may know him and follow him.

As you begin these reflections each day spend a few moments repeating the phrase “Speak Lord, your servant it listening.” Then read the short passage from Sunday’s readings until you have memorised it. Read the questions and give yourself time to deeply consider your response. Once you have reflected for a few minutes, speak to the Lord, as you would to a friend, about what you have reflected upon.

 

Sunday.

Those eighteen on whom the tower at Siloam fell and killed them? Do you suppose that they were more guilty than all the other people living in Jerusalem? They were not, I tell you. No; but unless you repent you will all perish as they did. (Luke 13:4-5)

  • What have been the tragedies in your life?
  • Are tragedies punishments from God?
  • What do you need to repent of right now?
  • Let the Lord show you what your life needs.

 

Monday.

Jesus told this parable: ’A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard and he came looking for fruit on it but found none. He said to the man who looked after the vineyard, “Look here, for three years now I have been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and finding none. Cut it down: why should it be taking up the ground?” (Luke 13:6-7)

  • What have been the disappointments in your life?
  • What have you given up on and cut out of your life?
  • What clutters up your life?
  • Let the Lord show you the fruit you are bearing.

 

Tuesday.

“Sir,” the man replied, “leave it one more year and give me time to dig around it and manure it: it may bear fruit next year; if not, then you can cut it down. (Luke 13:8-9)

  • What have been the second chances in your life?
  • What have you worked hard at to improve?
  • What can you do to improve your fruitfulness?
  • Let the Lord show you his work in you.

 

Wednesday.

All this happened to them as a warning and it was written down to be a lesson for us who are living at the end of the age. The man who thinks he is safe must be careful that he does not fall. (1 Corinthians 10:11-12)

  • What have been the warnings in your life?
  • Have you always taken warnings seriously?
  • Do you think you are safe?
  • Let the Lord show you where you might stumble and fall?

 

Thursday.

It is he who forgives all your guilt, who heals every one of your ills, who redeems your life from the grave, who crowns you with love and compassion. (Psalm 102:3-4)

  • What have been the ills of your life?
  • When have you experienced the Lord’s forgiveness?
  • When have known God’s love and compassion?
  • Let the Lord show you the way he is redeeming you.

 

Friday

Moses came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in the shape of a flame of fire, coming from the middle of the bush. Moses looked; there was the bush blazing but it was not being burnt up.  (Exodus 3:1-2)

  • What have been the burning bushes of your life?
  • When and how have you encountered God?
  • What keeps going in your life without running out?
  • Let the Lord show you his presence in your life.

 

Saturday

God called to him from the middle of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” he said. “Here I am” he answered. “Come no nearer” he said. “Take off your shoes, for the place on which you stand is holy ground. I am the God of your father,” he said, “the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. (Genesis 15:5-6)

  • What has been the holy ground of your life?
  • When have you heard God calling you by name?
  • When have said “Here I am” in the Lord?
  • Let the Lord show you how he has been the God of your forefathers.
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