The second reading on Sunday, the 4th Sunday of Lent in Year B, came from St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.
God loved us with so much love that he was generous with his mercy: when we were dead through our sins, he brought us to life with Christ – it is through grace that you have been saved – and raised us up with him and gave us a place with him in heaven, in Christ Jesus.
This was to show for all ages to come, through his goodness towards us in Christ Jesus, how infinitely rich he is in grace. Because it is by grace that you have been saved, through faith; not by anything of your own, but by a gift from God; not by anything that you have done, so that nobody can claim the credit. We are God’s work of art, created in Christ Jesus to live the good life as from the beginning he had meant us to live it.
When we prepare for confession we identify and count our sins. It is sometimes to prepare on the slant, as it were, by looking at the good and the better. Counting our blessings helps us also take note of the places of shadow too.
- Where and when has the Lord been merciful with you?
- Where and when has he brought you to life and raised you up?
- What good work has God shared with the world in you and by you?
- What good work will you share with the world today, by God’s grace and through your love?
Carving by Unity Spencer (1950), installed as memorial to her parents Stanley and Hilda Spencer, in Cookham parish church. Photograph (c) 2014, Allen Morris.