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Our Lenten Journey Continues

posted Mar 10, 2013, 6:52 PM by Uumc Topeka   [ updated Mar 10, 2013, 7:16 PM ]

Since the first Sunday in Advent we have been in the Gospel of Luke. Luke has provided us with our Lenten focus as well. We have, among other things, been noting that which is particular about this Gospel so that we can be blessed and guided by it.

It is only in Luke for instance that Jesus is described as praying on the Mount of Olives in such anguish that “his sweat became like great drops of blood falling on the ground.” It is also only in Luke that we are told that the Lord Jesus “turned and looked at Peter” after Peter had denied him three times. As we continue our Lenten journey we will discover that one of the most profound things that is unique to the Gospel of Luke is the “word of forgiveness” that Jesus offers as he is crucified.

Some Protestant churches use the Lenten Season of Good Friday during Holy Week to focus on what are called Jesus’ “seven last words,” the things he said from the cross. Three of these “words” appear exclusively in Luke. It is in the Gospel-telling as we have it from Luke that Jesus forgives his tormentors and killers, “Father, forgive them. They don’t know what they are doing;” assures the repentant thief that, “today you will be with me in Paradise;” and cries out just before death, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.”

I so love the story of my Savior. But I also love that it is told with different nuances and emphases in each of the Gospels. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John experienced and expressed the love of Jesus in their own unique ways. What are the ways in which you experience and express t he light and love of Jesus that are particular to you? That also is part of the Lenten journey.

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