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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for April 6, 2014

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SUNDAY, April 6    5 Lent

Ezekiel 37:5: Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live.

Scripture tells us time and again stories about the dead being brought to life. We hear this message in today’s readings. In John, Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead— even after four days in the tomb. Paul tells the Romans that it is the Spirit of the risen Christ that breathes life into our mortal bodies.

One of my favorite sermons explained incarnation in a way that I’ll always remember— especially when ordering chili con carne. Carne is a Latin word for flesh or meat, so of course chili con carne means a stew with meat.

The sermon talked about how the incarnation is literally the en-flesh-ment of Christ, the embodiment of God the Son in human form. Incarnation means Jesus takes our broken humanity into the heart of God’s divinity. And he brings God’s divinity back into the world. The incarnation gives breath to our old bones and brings healing to our wounded flesh. That’ll preach.

PRAY for The Nippon Sei Ko Kai (The Anglican Communion in Japan)and the Diocese of Hokkaido

Ps 130; Ezekiel 37:1-14; Romans 8:6-11; John 11:1-45



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