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Getting Ready for the Third Sunday in Lent

Reflection on the Word in our Worship

Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”

-Exodus 3:13-14 (ESV)

Perhaps it was hard even for Moses himself, as it is much also for us, and much more for us, to understand what was said, “I am who I am” and “He who is has sent me to you.” And if by chance Moses understood, when would they to whom he was being sent understand? Therefore the Lord put aside what man could not grasp and added what he could grasp. For he added and said, “I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” This you can grasp. But what mind can grasp, “I am who I am”? -St. Augustine

The Collect of the Week

Heavenly Father, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you: Look with compassion upon the heartfelt desires of your servants, and purify our disordered affections, that we may behold your eternal glory in the face of Christ Jesus; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Word:

(Click on the links below to read Sunday's passages)

Psalm 103:1-12

1 Praise the Lord, O my soul, *

and all that is within me, praise his holy Name.

2 Praise the Lord, O my soul, *

and forget not all his benefits:

3 Who forgives all your sin *

and heals all your infirmities,

4 Who saves your life from the pit *

and crowns you with mercy and loving-kindness,

5 Who satisfies you with good things, *

renewing your youth like an eagle’s.

6 The Lord executes righteousness and judgment *

for all those who are oppressed with wrong.

7 He showed his ways to Moses, *

his works to the children of Israel.

8 The Lord is full of compassion and mercy, *

long-suffering and of great goodness.

9 He will not always chide us, *

neither will he keep his anger for ever.

10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, *

nor rewarded us according to our wickedness.

11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, *

so great is his mercy also toward those who fear him.

12 As far as the east is from the west, *

so far has he set our sins from us.



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