March – 2015

Lent 2 (Mar 1)

A reading from the wisdom of Yehuda Berg
“What you do today will determine your tomorrow. Taking responsibility for your tomorrow keeps you hungry to make the very best choice, now, and in every moment of your life. It’s that simple. Yet this simple knowledge is tremendously powerful. Keep yourself in this state, and you will be unstoppable.”

A reading from the wisdom of H. Emilie Cady

“God is All-Good, always love. God always seeks to make us grander, larger, fuller and freer individuals by making visible more of the God in each of us.”

A reading from the Torah (Genesis 17.1-2. 4-6, 15-16)
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Infinite appeared to Abram, and said to him…“2I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous…4This is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. 5No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. 6I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and leaders shall come from you…

15[And] as for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. 16I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; leaders of peoples shall come from her.”

Lent 3 (Mar 8)

A reading from the Gospel According to John (2.13-22)
The Jewish Passover was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.14In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. 15Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making this Sacred house a marketplace!” 17His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” 18The religious leaders then said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” 19Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20The religious leaders then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?” 21But he was speaking of the temple of his body.

A reading from the wisdom of Henry Wansbrough of Ampleforth Abbey
“The vast, ornate and magnificent Temple made Jerusalem – in the words of the Roman author Pliny – ‘far the most distinguished city of the East’, so that an attack on its ritual was an outrage to the authorities, quite apart from being bad for the pilgrim-and-tourist trade. Jesus’ reply to their protest is the…true Temple is his body, the Christian community…the true Temple in which God dwelt was [the] community.”

Lent 4 (March 15)

A reading from the wisdom of the Teachings of Abraham by Esther and Jerry Hicks
“Your habit of resistant thought is the only thing that ever keeps you from allowing the things you desire. And although you certainly did not intentionally develop these resistant patterns of thought, you did pick them up along your physical trail, bit by bit, and experience by experience. But one thing is very clear: if you do not do something that causes a different vibrational offering, then nothing in your experience can change.

A reading from the Torah (Numbers 21:4-9)
4From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; but the people became impatient on the way. 5The people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we detest this miserable food.” 6Then the Infinite sent poisonous serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many Israelites died. 7The people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned by speaking against the Holy One and against you; pray to God to take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.8And the Divine Healer said to Moses, “Make a poisonous serpent, and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten shall look at it and live.” 9So Moses made a serpent of bronze, and put it upon a pole; and whenever a serpent bit someone, that person would look at the serpent of bronze and live.

Lent 5 (March 22)

A reading from the wisdom of psychologist Robert Holden
“[The Dalai Lama’s physician once said the key to health and happiness is to] empty your bowl of yesterday’s rice.

What is yesterday’s rice? It is your past. In particular, it is all your old disappointments, grievances and wounds. Every day…I counsel people who are haunted by the ghosts of the past. Their mind is full of sticky rice. They hold their past against themselves, cruelly replaying mistakes, failures, heartbreaks, errors and moments of weakness…

Whenever you are unhappy, you are probably replaying old movies in your mind. If when you are in fear or pain, you can have the presence to say, ‘This is about the past,’ you immediately create an opening in your mind for healing, inspiration, forgiveness and something new.”

A reading from the prophet Jeremiah (31.31-33)
31The days are surely coming, says the Infinite, when I will make a new covenant with [you]. 32It will not be like the covenant that I made with your ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt—a covenant that they broke, though I was their Spouse. 33But this is the covenant that I will make with [you], says the Infinite: I will put my law within you, and I will write it on your hearts; and I will be your God, and you shall be my people.

Palm Sunday (March 29)

A reading from the Psalter (118.24-27)

24This is the day that has been given to us; let us rejoice and be glad in it. 25Save us, we beseech you, O God! We beseech you, give us success! 26Blessed is the one who comes in the name of our God. We bless you from the Holy Place. 27God has given us light. Bind the festal procession with branches, up to the horns of the altar.

A reading from the Gospel According to Mark (11:1-11)
When they were approaching Jerusalem…near the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples2and said to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it. 3If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ just say this, ‘The Teacher needs it and will send it back here immediately.’” 4They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. As they were untying it, 5some of the bystanders said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” 6They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to take it. 7Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it.8Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. 9Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting,

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of our God!
10Blessed is the coming realm of our ancestor David!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

11Then Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple; and when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.


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