Here is the link to this Sunday’s lessons
And here are questions for us to prayerfully consider:
This call of Abram (later, Abraham) is connected to God’s blessing (some version of the word “blessing” is used 5 times in less than four verses). If God’s call to Abram extends to us today, in what ways are we blessed through our faith in God? How do we bless others in a way that is connected to our faith in God? How are we a blessing simply by who we are?
Where does your help come from? Where do you “lift up your eyes,” expecting to be rescued? Does the sense of God in your life extend to God helping you in some tangible way? How?
Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
These verses are one part of a larger argument about faith and grace and salvation, written by St. Paul. Taking time to read Paul’s letter to the Romans would be a good Lenten practice. A reflection to consider this week may include, “On what is our relationship with God based? Do we believe our good works build up credits with God? Do we think our bad behavior alienates us from God? Or is our relationship with God based on something more than a spiritual and moral balance sheet?”
This is a well known and beloved passage of Scripture, including the famous verse, John 3:16, “For God so loved the world…” Read this passage again, slowly, as if reading it for the first time. What stands out to you? Does anything surprise you? Is there a word, phrase, or image that you can reflect on during your prayers? If there is, try reflecting on it for the rest of the week.