Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

Investing in Life

Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

Investing in Life

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Isaiah 43:16-21; Psalm 126; Philippians 3:4-14; John 12:1-8

LENT IS A time to participate in the suffering and death of Christ, in order that we may be ready for the Easter gift of new life. Participation in that suffering consists in a life of trusting obedience boldly lived in contradiction to the way the world is organized. Lenten discipline is a practice of our own life as the willing giving-up of self in obedience in order to receive a new self from God.

Paul's lyrical admonition, based on his own journey to Christ, is to share in the suffering (by ready obedience) in anticipation of the new power of Easter resurrection. Life with Christ is thus a two-step move that we make again and again, self-giving and receiving of new self, loss and then gain.

John's gospel anticipates Jesus' death. The woman treats his soon-to-die body as though it were already dead. …

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