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by the Nortons
Lent and sacrifice
The reading from today in the Psalms and Matthew verses talk about sacrifice. It also talks about service and being servants.
Recently while watching our favorite series of Merlin we saw several episodes involving sacrifice. Merlin, the star and lowly servant repeatedly and secretly put his life at risk for Arthur, the prince and future king. In doing so he receives no recognition or honor for saving Arthur.
Merlin quietly uses his talents for a cause greater than himself. We as Christians are called to use our gifts and talents in service of God’s Church. We do so, sometimes with little or no recognition of the sacrifice of time, money and effort involved. The lenten season is not only a time for service going forward, but a time to contemplate the past quiet service given by so many in our Church community.
Matthew 23 “The greatest among you will be your servant.”
Psalm 24 “Whoever offers me the sacrifice of thanksgiving honors me.” We are called to make sacrifices in our Christian lives that are not for earthly gain or recognition.
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