The reading for today is Mark 16: 5-8
As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. "Don't be alarmed," he said. "You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, 'He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.'" Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone because they were afraid.
I look forward to Lent every year. I love the season of reflection and refocusing our lives in anticipation of what is to come. This is our opportunity to recognize our shortcomings and eliminate the distractions that tear us away from our faith. However, every year it always seems that no matter how good my intentions were on Ash Wednesday, I always seem to fall short. Life gets busy and I get distracted. Its only 40 days…how could I not make it 40 days? I walk into sunrise service on Easter Sunday feeling unworthy. Once again, I have failed him.
I see a lot of myself in Peter. Here is a man who loved the Lord with his whole heart, but still managed to lose his way. He denied knowing Jesus three times immediately after he promised Jesus that he would not. Just like each of us at the beginning of Lent, I believe he had the best intentions. Despite his failures, the angel comes to Peter in the garden. Out of everyone the Angel could have appeared to, he CHOSE Peter. He informs Peter that Jesus has gone out ahead of him and sends him to share the Good News. Just like that, Peter is back in ministry.
No matter how far you have fallen or how many times you lose your way, God has not given up on you. Jesus suffered and died on that cross, so that we all would be saved. He is truly our Living Lord. He prepares the way ahead and loves us unconditionally. Death could not hold him down. He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Hallelujah! (Once I get started, I just can’t stop!) Now it is our turn to go share the Good News!
Lord, thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice, so that we may be saved from our sins. Help me to share the Good News, so that others may feel the comfort of your love. Amen
Prayer Concern: For those who doubt their self-worth.