Andrew Dragos shares these words regarding Lent from his article “Seven
Quick Notes about Lent. “In most traditions, the forty day fast is not
a strict fast. It only excludes “luxury” foods such as meat, eggs, and dairy. Fish is often allowed, although the reason is not
universally agreed upon. It may date back to Judaism’s distinction of seafood from other meat (see also 1 Corinthians 15:39).
This has created all sorts of arbitrary meat exceptions for people to eat, including beaver, alligator, and duck. Others
believe the Lent diet dates back to the simpler food provisions of ancient people in the Roman Empire, where fish was
readily available while meat was not.” This week’s Gospel reading is from Luke 13:1-9 About this time Jesus was informed that
Pilate had murdered some people from Galilee as they were offering sacrifices at the Temple.
“Do you think those
Galileans were worse sinners than all the
other people from Galilee?” Jesus asked.
“Is that why they suffered?
Not at all! And
you will perish, too, unless you repent of
your sins and turn to God.
about the eighteen people who died when
the tower in Siloam fell on them? Were
they the worst sinners in Jerusalem?
and I tell you again that unless you
repent, you will perish, too.”
How do Jesus’ words challenge us? How often
do we find ourselves comparing our “goodness”
or “badness” with others? How do we comfort or
condemn others or ourselves through this
process? What does Jesus call each of us to in
this passage? Are we being drawn to God as we
move closer to the cross? Be encouraged as we
journey with Jesus, because He is WITH us.
In Christ’s Grace,
Pastor Bill Case
Saturday, March 23
Bread of Life (Matt 25 Hope Center) 8:30 am
Monday – Friday, March 25-29
Meals on Wheels (PRMC) 10:45 am
Sunday, March 31
5th Sunday Pot Luck Brunch (Fellowship Hall) 10:45 am
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At Kingswood UMC, we strive to be an effective participant in a positive manner in the needs of this community. Our membership spends many hours each week volunteering with Meals on Wheels, ESL training, and Bread of Life Ministry at Matt 25 Hope Center, plus we assist needy families with utility bills.
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