The Daily Office | March 3, 2018
Psalms 15, 16, 17
Collect: The Second Sunday in Lent
Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Notice in our gospel passage today that John says in 4:4 that it was necessary that Jesus pass through Samaria. Remarkably, the surface level meaning here is not even true: most Jews would have avoided Samaria entirely (and with it the hated Samaritans) by traveling on the east side of the Jordan. The fact is that Jesus passed through Samaria not by geographical necessity, but by divine appointment, doing the will and the work of the Father.
Our Ephesians passage today makes it clear that apart from God's grace in Christ Jesus, each of us would be like a dead person walking, not doing the will and the work of the Father, nor even doing our own will, but tragically being led along by the forces of this sinful world, and of Satan, and of our own sinful passions of the flesh, destined for destruction: as "children of wrath."
But thanks be to God, our Father loves us so greatly that even when we were dead in our sins, he made us alive in Christ Jesus so that we might be children of God, and so we are!
And having been made members of the very household of God in and through Christ Jesus, we can and we do walk like Jesus walked, doing the will and the work of his Father who is also our Father: the good works which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. So may each of us take heart, knowing that in every moment we may as dearly beloved children look to our heavenly Father to direct our path.