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March 2014 Meditation
By Bishop Teresa Snorton
LENT: DON’T FAIL THE TEST
Examine yourselves to see whether you are living in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless, indeed, you fail to meet the test! 6 I hope you will find out that we have not failed. 7 But we pray to God that you may not do anything wrong—not that we may appear to have met the test, but that you may do what is right, though we may seem to have failed. 2 Corinthians 13:5
The first week of March 2014 includes Ash Wednesday, the first day of the Christian Church’s season of Lent. Lent marks the forty days before Easter, reminding believers of the forty days Jesus spent in the wilderness being tempted. Traditionally during Lent, believers “give up” something – meat, sodas, sweets – as an indication of their willingness to be like Jesus, as well as in preparation for the celebration of Resurrection Sunday (Easter).
On Ash Wednesday, the ashes from the burnt palm leaves from the previous year’s Palm Sunday, are distributed in the congregation, typically by the pastor placing a smudge of ash (some traditions make the mark in the shape of a cross) on each member’s forehead. The symbol of the ashes reminds us to be repentant of the ways in which we have failed to follow the commands of God and the ways of Jesus.
Lent is a time to examine ourselves as Paul instructed the church at Corinth to do. Self-examination is a good thing, recommended by doctors to prevent all kinds of diseases. Spiritual self-examination provides the opportunity to correct attitudes, behaviors, and habits in our lives that are contrary to God’s Word.
We should not be afraid to be honest with ourselves about or sins, our shortcomings and even what may appear to be our failures. The scripture points out, we fail the test when we fail to be truthful and repentant. When we take an honest look at all that we have done and do, although it may appear that we have failed God in so many ways, the ability to acknowledge our human inabilities helps us to rely more on God for what we cannot do for ourselves. It is then that we become victorious and able to embrace the new life that the Resurrection represents!
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