Tuesday, March 25, 2014 (Annunciation)

Morning Psalm: 78:1-39 | Evening Psalm: 78:40-72
Genesis 45:1-15 | 1 Corinthians 7:32-40 | Mark 6:1-13
Human beings have a tremendous ability to be hurtful to one another. We have all been harmed in small ways by others, and usually we are able to get past these things rather easily. There are few things in life, however, that hurt more than being betrayed by the people you love. It is much easier to forgive someone you hardly know, but when you love someone, you come to expect more from them. So when they disappoint you, it is hard to reconcile in your mind the two contrasting images you now have of that person. And yet reconciliation is exactly what we are called to.
Genesis 45 shows Joseph’s reunion with his brothers. Joseph, who was sold into slavery in a foreign land by his brothers, has the means and the motive to exact his revenge on his brothers. And yet,  Joseph does the exact opposite. He sees beyond all the personal pain and anguish his brothers have caused him to see God’s greater plan for his life. He is able to reconcile with them through the grace of God. 
In this season of Lent, as we seek God with penitent hearts, we would do well to remember that through our sin we also have betrayed Him who loves us most, Christ Jesus our Savior. And yet, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us, reconciling us to His Father in Heaven. If we seek after Christ with all our hearts, so too can we begin to approach reconciliation with those who have harmed us.
Almighty God, we have betrayed You who loves us most; and yet, You saw fit to send Your Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross in order that we might be reconciled to You. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, help us also to reconcile with those who have done us harm, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Chris Meckley
MAR Student
Elkhart, IN


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