LENT LOVE STORIES
“GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD.” John 3:16
Dear People of God,
This is a grand Lent for preachers. As you know, our lessons vary on a three year cycle. This year we are blessed with the great stories from John’s Gospel – The Love Stories.
In John’s Gospel, we learn that God loves us into new life, into our true beloved selves, into wisdom and truth, into eternal life itself.
We begin with the Story of Nicodemus, “who came at night.” We remember the words, “Flesh is Flesh, Spirit is Spirit. You must be born again.” This is a story about who we REALLY are, way deep down. God’s love birth’s us into our true beloved eternal selves.
Then there is the Story of the Woman at the Well. Jesus told her everything she’d ever done. This is a story about knowing, REALLY, who you are. And knowing that you, all of you, is loved. Even when you can’t figure this out for yourself. God loves who we really are.
The Story of the Man Blind from Birth is truly a humorous tale. No one is willing to believe that he can see. Pharisees, friends, and family try to avoid his transformation. They challenge him; “It’s not you,” or “It’s not true.” He simply says, repeatedly, “I was blind and now I can see.” God’s love is, in the end, simple.” I was once blind, now I REALLY can see the truth.” God is love.
We close with the Story of Lazarus, raised from the dead. This story contains the shortest verse in the Bible. “Jesus wept.” Was it simply LOVE that raised the beloved from the grave, that raises us to light and life?
The writers of John’s Gospel had generations, literally, to ponder who Jesus was/is. And therefore who God is; what God is; how God is. This is a Gospel about IDENTITY.
God is Love, told in the Love Stories of Jesus.
I invite you to visit the website of the Society of St. John the Evangelist for their daily video series (also you can simple read their offerings) “LoveLife.” This series is based on the Society’s abiding love for the Gospel of John. I think you will find it a sustaining, simple Lenten discipline. Here is the website. www.ssje.org
I invite you to join us for the sermons of Lent, an opportunity to enter into the Love Stories of God. I think you will find it a sustaining, simple, Lenten discipline.
Here are the Gospels of Lent
Nicodemus - Born again. – John 3:1-17
The Woman at the Well – Everything she’d ever done. – John 4:5-42
The Blind Man – Now I see. – John 9:1-41
Lazarus – Jesus wept. – John 11:1-45