SATURDAY (February 20, 2021)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:20–21)
“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For he says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 5:20–6:2)
God reconciles us to Himself through Christ, who out of immense love for us, humbled himself to become like us in every way except sin. He became sin for us by bearing our sins. His death on the cross reconciled us to the Father, so that we might, like the prodigal, return again and again to the Father’s waiting arms. These are loving arms ready to embrace the wandering sinner and welcome us home. How do you see yourself in light of God’s willing embrace?
Prayer for Holy Cross Member
O Lord, in Holy Baptism you put your Name upon Rebecca. Bless her now with the forgiveness of sins and a firm trust in you. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Prayer of the Week (from Ash Wednesday)
Almighty and everlasting God, You despise nothing You have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent. Create in us new and contrite hearts that lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness we may receive from You full pardon and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.