The new thing among Millennial Liturgical Christians (MLC™) seems to be taking on a new spiritual discipline during Lent instead of fasting from a “vice.” We also tend to blog a lot. So, I’m combining those two things by writing a brief reflection on each day’s Daily Office readings. I know Lent doesn’t begin until Wednesday, but I’m decided to get a head start because of today’s readings.
While daily prayer has its roots in the ancient church, the modern Daily Office was codified during the English Reformation as one of “Structural Supports” of Anglicanism. We have Morning, Noonday, and Evening Prayer, and Compline. The Offices are rich in ancient texts and contain prayers passed down through the centuries.
They also follow a cycle. On Sundays, we hear from the Revised Common Lectionary on its three year cycle (for reference, we’re on Year 3, which focuses on the Gospel according to Saint Luke). For the Daily Office, there’s only a two year cycle, which can be found beginning on page 934 of the 1979 Prayer Book or at one of these other resources. We’re currently in Year 2 of the Office Lectionary.
Peter’s actions in today’s Gospel readings are some of the most comforting words in Scripture. I think they can really help us through our doubts and failings. Peter, who had just been with Jesus in the garden, denies that he was one of Jesus’ followers three times!
Living as an MLC™, I think we frequently have moments where we want to deny our Christianity. It may not be as explicit as Peter, but we also don’t want all the baggage that comes along with being Christian.
I’ve caught myself talking about church and then quickly following up with “but we’re not like those other Christians.”
Which I should stop.
The Gospel message is that Christ came to save Sinners. He came because he loves us, and has always loved us, and will always love us.
Lord, help me to remember to not be ashamed of the Gospel.