Sunday 18th March, 2012
2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23. Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you! Ps 136(137). Ephesians 2:4-10. John 3:14-21 [St Cyril of Jerusalem].
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Let my tongue be silenced if I ever forget you!
Ninety kilometres south of Baghdad are the ruins of the ancient city of Babylon. Part of the story of the Israelites is their captivity in this city of Babylon. With great lament, the Hebrew scriptures recall that time when they were removed from their promised land and forced to live as exiles. The first reading tells the story of this time of exile.
Exile is one of the great analogies of Lent. Sin is the manifestation of our ‘exile’ from ourselves, from others and from God. This isn’t just a spiritual exile. It is something that can take hold of our flesh and our bone. Lent is the yearly reminder of where ‘home’ is and to begin the return from exile: a return home to ourselves, to others and to God through prayer, fasting and almsgiving.