Sermon for Lent

Sermon for Lent

    In the Old Testament we read that at the time of Noah, since the entire human race was corrupt and full of lawlessness, the floodgates of the sky were opened and for forty days heavy rain poured down on the earth; symbolically, the earth received the water for forty days. It is more a baptism that it received rather than a flood: a baptism that washed away the sinners’ iniquity and saved Noah’s justice.  In the same way then the Lord today, as at that time, gives us this time of Lent so that during the same number of days, the floodgates may open and flood us with the flood waters of God’s mercy. And once washed by the salutary waters of baptism, the sacrament will illuminate us; as in the past, the waters will take away the iniquity of our sins and confirm the justice of our virtues.

    The situation of today is similar to the one at the time of Noah. The baptism is a flood for the sinner and a consecration for those who are faithful. In baptism the Lord saves justice and destroys injustice.  We see this clearly through the example of the apostle Paul: before being purified by the spiritual precepts, he was a persecutor and blasphemer.  Once washed by the heavenly rain of baptism, the blasphemer died as well as the persecutor and Saul too; only then did Paul, the apostle, the just one, come to life …Anybody who lives Lent religiously and respects the Lord’s commandments, will see sin die in him and grace live; he will die as a sinner and live as a just man, just as if one succeeded the other.

Saint Maxim of Turin (?-about 420), bishop

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  • Snow drops are the first flowers that appear in the spring. Everything is still dead, no leaves, nothing green except the evergreens. They frequently peek up before the last snowfall, thus the name.

    They’re tiny white flowers, shaped like little bells. Ours are planted under a bush in the front garden, which I can see from the couch in the living room where I read and work on my laptop. Our landlord keeps a beautiful front garden with flowers from early spring through late fall.

    I’m always very excited to see the snow drops because they mean that spring is near. And soon we’ll be seeing crocuses, and then daffodils, and then all the trees will start to bud and flower.

    A good picture and article on snowdrops at wikipedia, here, and more info here (ours look like the first picture, the garden snowdrop).

    I’m a Texas girl—I moved to New England in the summer of 2000—so all this changing of seasons is still new to me. In Austin, you get flowers year round. I saw pansies in planters and on the medians when we were there at Christmas time.

    Bonus: Here’s; a story about the snowdrop by Hans Christian Anderson!