Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Message for Lent 2016 The season of Lent is upon us. It is a season of making a renewed commitment to participate and be a part of the movement of Jesus in this world.
[February 8, 2016] “The season of Lent is upon us,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry said in his Message for Lent 2016. “It is a season of making a renewed commitment to participate and be a part of the movement of Jesus in this world.”
The holy season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 10, and continues to the festive day of Easter on March 27.
The following is the text of the Presiding Bishop’s Message for Lent 2016:
Message for Lent 2016
Clarence Jorden of the Koinonia Movement many years ago wrote this: Jesus founded the most revolutionary movement in human history, a movement built on the unconditional love of God for the world, and the mandate to those who follow to live that love.
The season of Lent is upon us. It is a season of making a renewed commitment to participate and be a part of the movement of Jesus in this world. You can see some of that in the Gospel lesson for the first Sunday of Lent where Luke says that after the Baptism of Jesus he went into the wilderness, there to be tempted of Satan.
After the Baptism. Baptism is the sacrament of commitment to the Jesus Movement. It is to be washed, if you will, in the love and the reality of God, and to emerge from that great washing as one whose life is dedicated to living that love in the world.
In this season of Lent, we take some time to focus on what that means for our lives, whether it is as simple as giving up chocolate candy or as profound as taking on a commitment to serve the poor or to serve others in some new way. Whatever it is, let that something be something that helps you participate in the movement of God’s love in this world following in the footsteps of Jesus.
And the truth is, the fact that Jesus was baptized and began that movement in the world and immediately found himself tempted by the devil is an ever-present reminder that this movement is not without struggle. It is not easy. The truth is, this movement is difficult. It’s hard work. It’s work of following Jesus to the cross. And it’s work of following Jesus through the cross to the Resurrection. To new life. And new possibility. That is our calling. That is the work of the movement. To help this world move from what is often the nightmare of the world itself into the dream that God intends.
So I pray that this Lent, as they used to say many years ago, might be the first day of the rest of your life. It might be a new day for this world.
God love you. God bless you. Have a blessed Lent, a glorious Easter, and you keep the faith.
The Most Rev. Michael Curry Presiding Bishop and Primate The Episcopal Church
Mensaje para la Cuaresma 2016 del Obispo Michael Curry Presidente de la Iglesia Episcopal
Se acerca el tiempo de la Cuaresma. Es la temporada en la que se hace un compromiso renovado para participar y formar parte del movimiento de JesÃºs en este mundo.
[8 de febrero del 2016] “Se acerca el tiempo de la Cuaresma”, dijo el Obispo Presidente y Primado Michael Curry en su Mensaje para la Cuaresma del 2016. “Es la temporada en la que se hace un compromiso renovado de participar y formar parte de la movimiento de JesÃºs en este mundo”.
Lo que sigue es el texto del mensaje del Obispo Presidente para la Cuaresma del 2016:
Mensaje para la Cuaresma del 2016
Hace muchos aÃ±os Clarence Jorden del Movimiento Koinonia escribiÃ³ esto: JesÃºs fundÃ³ el movimiento mÃ¡s revolucionario de la historia humana, un movimiento edificado sobre el amor incondicional de Dios hacia el mundo, y el mandato a los que siguen de vivir ese amor.