There are beatitudes found throughout the Bible. Any sentence beginning “blessed are” offers guidance into a life of joy and possibility. Such blessings come from living in alignment with God’s will and way. The psalmist offers a road map for reaching one’s own beatific destination, but the on-ramp is steep.

Entrance into this blessed way of life comes through speaking honestly to God about one’s sins, transgressions, and iniquities. We are compelled to do a thorough housecleaning of our soul, which is only possible with the Holy Spirit’s help.

Our sins are the ways we have missed the mark, when we have fallen short or have had things go sideways. Transgressions are more egregious; they are times when we have deliberately chosen not to do better. Transgressions often bring regret and broken trust. Iniquities are the ways, acknowledged and unacknowledged, we have participated in systems of oppression, exploitation, and destruction.

All this brokenness gets in the way of a life of blessing. Such a life is experienced through God’s provisions and being part of how Divine Love provides for others. How do we clear the hurdles of sin, transgression, and iniquity so that we can freely run the race of blessing?

The psalmist warns that silence about missteps brings grief and pain to the body. Unburdening ourselves through confession to God brings the wholeness and peace we seek. Whether we engage in a formal rite of contrition or pray alone, God’s grace equips us with the assurance of forgiveness. Let us never fail to avail ourselves of this blessing.

Forgiving God, hear my confession of all that causes me to feel separated from your love and from others. Amen.

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Read Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

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Lectionary Week
March 21–27, 2022
Scripture Overview

Lent is a time for focusing on our need for God and for remembering God’s abundant resources for filling that need. When the Israelites finally pass into Canaan, they observe the Passover as a reminder of God’s deliverance of them from Egypt. The psalmist, traditionally David, rejoices in the fact that God does not count his sins against him. Paul declares that through Christ, God has made everything new. God no longer holds our sins against us, and we in turn appeal to others to accept this free gift. Jesus eats with sinners and tells the story of the prodigal son to demonstrate that no matter how far we stray, God will always welcome us home with open arms. God never stops pursuing us, even if we feel unloved or unworthy.

Questions and Suggestions for Reflection

Read Joshua 5:9-12. What stories do you tell about your faith? What do these stories help you remember?
Read Psalm 32. When have you hidden from God? When has God been your hiding place?
Read 2 Corinthians 5:16-21. We are ambassadors for Christ. How does your life display for others that life in Christ eliminates worldly identity labels?
Read Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32. Do you identify with the prodigal son, the elder son, or the father in the parable? Are you ready to rejoin God’s household on God’s terms? Are you ready to welcome everyone home?

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