08 March 2017

Praying in Lent 2017 with USPG,
(11) Wednesday 8 March 2017

‘May we discover how to become our authentic selves – alive in Christ!’ … the statue of the Homeless Jesus in the grounds of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2017; click on image for full-screen view)

Patrick Comerford

It is now a week since Ash Wednesday, and I wonder how many of us remember, let alone have kept, the Lenten resolutions we made with the best of intentions a week ago.

The Lent 2017 edition of the prayer diary of the Anglican mission agency USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel) follows the theme of the USPG Lent study course, ‘Living an Authentic Life.’

I am using this Prayer Diary for my prayers and reflections each morning throughout Lent. Why not join me in these prayers and reflections, for just a few moments each morning?

In the articles and prayers in the prayer diary, USPG invites us to investigate what it means to be a disciple of Christ. The Lent study course, ‘Living an Authentic Life’ (available online or to order at www.uspg.org.uk/lent), explores the idea that discipleship and authenticity are connected.

This week, from Sunday (5 March) until Saturday (11 March), the USPG Lent Prayer Diary follows the topic ‘Introducing Discipleship.’ The topic is introduced in the Prayer Diary in an Article by the Revd S Balasundram, a priest in Colombo, Sri Lanka, who is training with the USPG-funded Asian Theological Academy.

Wednesday 8 March 2017:

Today, we acknowledge our vulnerabilities and human frailties – but we rejoice that God is willing and able to make us whole. May we discover how to become our authentic selves – alive in Christ!

Continued tomorrow

Yesterday’s reflection and prayer

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