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March 5-
March 11

“Imperfect Communion” - March 4

Lenten Check-In Scripture: Matthew 26:26-35 (NRSV)
We’re half way through our time of fasting. How is it going? While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing
it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my
I’m not fasting. body.” Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them,
saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant,
Of course, this is your choice. And it’s still not too late to decide to add which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you,
something to your life or take something away. Consider starting this
I will never again drink of this fruit of the vine until that day when I
drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
I started but I screwed up.
When they had sung the hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
Fasting is a practice. There is no failure. Give yourself grace and start
again. You might ask yourself what you believe about second chances Then Jesus said to them, “You will all become deserters because of me
or mistakes. How can you treat yourself with compassion in light of this night; for it is written,
what you deem failure? What other lessons can you learn from this
experience? ‘I will strike the shepherd,
and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’
I’ve been fasting this whole time.
What new insights have you gleaned? What do you think about But after I am raised up, I will go ahead of you to Galilee.” Peter said
permanently living with or without what you’ve offered during the fast? to him, “Though all become deserters because of you, I will never
How do you feel about your commitment? About your relationship with desert you.” Jesus said to him, “Truly I tell you, this very night, before
Christ? the cock crows, you will deny me three times.” Peter said to him,
“Even though I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And so said all
Wherever you are in the journey, there are lessons and insights. Take the disciples.
time this week to check in: what are you thinking, feeling, and doing.
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