March 10th (First Sunday in Lent): “Until An Opportune Time” Currency of Time and Place

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Text: Luke 4:1-13 (Deuternonomy 26:1-11; Romans 10:8b-13)

We live in a world that seeks to separate sacred from secular. We would
say sacred is God’s space and secular is human. Though we affirm God’s claim on
the secular, we often do not recognize God’s presence in it. This, however, stands
in stark contrast
to the message of scripture. In Deuteronomy, the people are instructed to bring the first fruits
of the land to a dwelling
place for His name. This was not a place to restrict
God’s presence, but rather
recognize God’s presence and grace in all time and place. The reading from
Romans recognizes that the Word is so near as to be in our hearts and on our
lips. We are the dwelling place of the Lord in this time and place. In the
Gospel story of the temptation, the devil left Jesus in the wilderness and
waited for an opportune time and place to separate Jesus from all time and
space. What seemed like the devils opportune time, became God’s time to
overcome that separation Sin had created. Now the sacred and secular are one.
This is the opportune time and space for God’s presence. How is this the
opportune time and space for God to do something new?

WRITTEN BY: Abiding Presence

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