Lent with Bonhoeffer, Tuesday, March 5, 2013

by xcrawford

First reading from the Revised Common Lectionary week Lent 4C

Joshua 5:9-12 (ESV)

    [9] And the LORD said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.” And so the name of that place is called Gilgal to this day.    [10] While the people of Israel were encamped at Gilgal, they kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month in the evening on the plains of Jericho. [11] And the day after the Passover, on that very day, they ate of the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and parched grain. [12] And the manna ceased the day after they ate of the produce of the land. And there was no longer manna for the people of Israel, but they ate of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.   
One of the major underlying themes of the Children of Israel’s return to the Promised Land was the return to normalcy. After crossing the Jordan, Israel returned to observing the rituals that set it apart from the world. At Gilgal, the covenant’s statute on circumcision and the observation of Passover were reintroduced to the Children of Israel. No longer would they be fed by Manna, because they were now home and could use the fruit of the land. Regular observation of rituals (worship and prayer for two examples) is one of the lessons we can learn from this passage. The observations will set us apart from the world, and God will draw us neared to him, as children of His new covenant.

Bonhoeffer

bonhoeffer meekness

He who would learn to serve must first learn to think little of himself. Let no man “think of himself more highly than he ought to think” (Romans 12:3). “This is the highest and most profitable lesson… to know and to despise ourselves. To have no opinion of ourselves, and to think always well and highly of others, is great wisdom and perfection” (Thomas à Kempis). “Be not wise in your own conceits: (Romans 12:16). What does it matter if our own plans are frustrated? Is it not better to serve our neighbor than to have our own way?

Litany of Humility

O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me.
From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being loved, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being extolled, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being honored, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being praised, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being preferred to others, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being consulted, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being approved, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being humiliated, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being despised, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of suffering rebukes, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being calumniated, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being forgotten, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being ridiculed, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being wronged, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being suspected, Deliver me, Jesus.
That others may be loved more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be esteemed more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That, in the opinion of the world, others may increase and I may decrease, Jesus, grant me
the grace to desire it.
That others may be chosen and I set aside, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be praised and I unnoticed, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be preferred to me in everything, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

tomorrow- Revised Common Lectionary Lent 4C reading from Psalms

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