Weekend of March 17, 2023

The Fourth Sunday in Lent (Laetare Sunday)

Hard truth #3: Your life is not about you, but . . .

Do you think of yourself as a self-centered person? We may not realize it at first glance, but all of us are self-centered. What if I told you that, in fact, all sin is based on self-centeredness. Does that idea resonate with you?

Our Catechism in the Book of Common Prayer says, "Sin is the seeking of our own will instead of the will of God, thus distorting our relationship with God, with other people, and with all creation" (BCP 848). Think of just about any way you've ever caused hurt in your life. Think of the 10 Commandments themselves! In the end, all wrongs can be traced back to some form of self-centeredness.

This week's blog post continues our exploration of life "5 Hard Truths," and examines this reality that our Original Sin is all about self-centeredness. If it's true that your life is not about you, who (or what) is it about then? I hope you'll take a few minutes to read and reflect.

I look forward to seeing you Sunday for either the 7:45 AM or 10:15 AM service. This Sunday is Laetare Sunday, a Latin word that means "rejoice"! As with Gaudete Sunday in Advent, this is one of the rose colored Sundays when the mood of the season lightens a bit as we get closer to Holy Week and Easter. Come rejoice with us! Keep the faith, St. Paul's!

P.S. - We love to tell one another, "remember to be yourself." That's easier said than done sometimes. I hope this post will help you reflect more deeply on who you truly are, and to recognize yourself as loved precisely for that fact.

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