Fourth Sunday in Lent — 6 March

Hear our voice, O Lord, according to your faithful love.

Lectionary readings (Click the links to see the readings):
Joshua 5.2-12 | Psalm 32 | 2 Corinthians 5.16-21 | Luke 15.11-32


Pablo Picasso. Still Life with Flowers (1908)

Original Sin

Well, anyhow, it preserves us from the pride
of thinking we invented sin ourselves
by our originality, that famous modern power.
In fact, we have it from the beginning
of the world by the errors of being born,
being young, being old, causing pain
to ourselves, to others, to the world, to God
by ignorance, by knowledge, by intention,
by accident. Something is bad the matter
here, informing us of itself, handing down
its old instruction. We know it
when we see it, don't we? Innocence
would never recognize it. We need it
too, for without it we would not know
forgiveness, goodness, gratitude,
that fund of grace by which alone we live.

from: Wendell Berry.Given: new poems. (Berkeley: Counterpoint, 2005).

The Hymn of Kassiani. Choir of St. Symeon the New Theologian Orthodox Church, Birmingham, Alabama.

May God our Redeemer show us compassion and love. Amen.

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