The 2nd Sunday in Lent 2019

But you, O LORD, are enthroned forever; you are remembered throughout all generations. Psalm 102:12

On this Sunday, this verse pulls us through all previously read in this Psalm … seeing the reality of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the reality that He Ascended to the right hand of God the Father Almighty … enthroned forever … remembered to this very day into eternity.

Through every affliction, the reality of His reign shines through.

As our Collect Prayer for this Sunday in Lent states, we indeed have “no power of ourselves to help ourselves.”

To sinful humanity, this is a crushing reality.

To the Christian redeemed in Jesus Christ, this is a freeing reality, to be able to let go of our delusional thoughts of our greatness to bask in His loving arms forever.

Jesus Christ as the Collect Prayer for this Sunday states indeed keeps us “both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls.”

The afflictions we undergo are met, no matter how small or great, by His defense. It is a defense that cannot be thwarted or defeated.

Prayer.

Almighty God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves; Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.