As Lent progresses, we come closer to the heart and meaning of the Gospel: that Jesus must suffer and die for new life to happen. There is nothing here about rules, practices, theological formulae or perfection. Jesus embraced what is painful and frightening to achieve life on our behalf. Those of us who call ourselves Christian must be willing to walk the same road.
- Lord Jesus, you showed us that whoever loves his life must lose it: Lord, have mercy.
- Christ Jesus, you said that whoever serves you must follow you: Christ, have mercy.
- Lord Jesus, you gave yourself willingly on our behalf: Lord, have mercy.
- Jer 31:31-34 God creates a New Covenant with the suffering Israelites
- Ps 51 Create a clean heart in me, O God
- Heb 5:7-9 Jesus became the source of salvation, obedient through suffering
- Jn 12:20-23 God’s voice confirms that Jesus’ passion is approaching
Prayer of the Faithful
Presider We pray now for the needs of the world and for all who are called to walk the path of Jesus.
Minister For the whole church: that we may have the courage to follow where Jesus leads us … remembering your constant love, we pray,
- For all who have suffered on behalf of those in need or danger, especially members of the military, civil rights martyrs, and first responders … remembering your constant love, we pray,
- For all of us who are called to make sacrifices on behalf of our families; and for gratitude for those who serve us in any way … remembering your constant love, we pray,
- For those who are suffering, those who have lost hope, and those who feel they have little to give others … remembering your constant love, we pray,
- For those who consider Christianity easy, painless or a path to privilege … remembering your constant love, we pray,
- For those among us who are sick, dying or grieving; and for those struggling to accept suffering and death as an essential part of life … remembering your constant love, we pray,
Presider God who calls us, we pray for the courage to walk the path we entered at baptism. Help us to rely on you and on one another as we strive to faithfully walk where Jesus walked. We ask this in his holy name. Amen.