Last year, when Pope Francis was formally ordained, he gave a number of interviews. None was as shocking to much of the world as the one in which he was asked, “So who is Pope Francis really?”
He replied, “I am a sinner. This is the most accurate definition of who I am. It’s not a figure of speech, a literary genre. I am a sinner.”
This stunned many. The man, who is arguably among the most influential spiritual leaders today, defined himself not as the Pope, but primarily as a sinner.
I would suspect he’s spent some time considering the blood of Jesus and what it’s saying – that we are sinners and we are loved. The blood of Jesus brings us both profound humility and yet great freedom – humility in regard to our sinful condition and freedom in regard to how deeply we are loved.
If you missed the first message in our Blood series this past weekend, I’d love for you to watch/listen and come this weekend caught up and be ready to go! We’ll be considering “blood covenants” and “cutting deals.” Chances are you may never look at what it means to make a covenant with someone the same way again – particularly when that “someone” is God.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge that today is known as Ash Wednesday. There’s plenty out there you can read about when it comes to this day and the beginning of the march toward Easter. (If you’re looking for a Scripture reading/reflection plan from this day and into Easter, check out You Version’s reading plan for Lent).
If you’re out and about today, you might see someone with the sign of the cross in ashes on their forehead. They received it in an Ash Wednesday service. When it was applied to their foreheads, they were told something along these lines “From dust you came and to dust you shall return.” I think it’s rather appropriate that we’re having the memorial service for my mother’s father today.
Rest in peace, Pa, and rise in glory.
Grace and Peace
See You This Weekend!
Posted on Tue, March 11, 2014
by Chris Seidman