Your ways, oh Lord, are love and truth to those who keep your covenant02-18-2018We Celebrate Worship Resource, Vol. 43, No. 1
The covenant God makes with humanity is a major theme throughout Lent this year, especially in the readings from the Old Testament. In today's Old Testament reading, God establishes a covenant with Noah, his descendants, and in fact with every living creature on the ark. The covenant is a solemn promise. God promises that the devastating waters of a flood will never again cover the earth. God cares for humanity too much. Despite the fact that the people turn away from God again and again throughout the rest of the Old Testament, no second flood ever covers the earth. Many centuries later, Jesus offers himself as the new covenant. In the Gospel, the same Spirit that had just descended upon Jesus at his baptism now drives him out into the desert to be tempted by the devil. The forty days of rain for Noah are paralleled with forty days in the desert for Jesus. The writer of First Peter puts it all together. Noah and his family "were saved through water. This prefigured baptism, which saves you now" (1 Peter 3:20-21). By baptism we are baptized into the whole package: the covenant with God, the suffering and death of Jesus, and the promise of eternal life.
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Lenten Morning of Reflection: Scrutinies and Scripture
Feb 24 9:00am - 12:00pm
Proclamation, music, prayer, refection and sharing. Enter more deeply into your Lenten journey by joining us for reflection on Lenten readings from the Gospel of St. John.
Mañana de Reflexión Cuaresmal: Amor de la Cruz
Feb 24 8:00am - 1:00pm
Presentadora: Blanca Maldonado