Lent – Monday – April 18

Isaiah 42:1-9

“You come as one among us.” William Stringfellow reminded us that yesterday, sometimes called Palm Sunday, tempts the church, as it tempted Christ, to seek political triumph. Palm Sunday, the Sunday of the Passion, however, is no day of triumph. That does not counsel apathy.
“Quite the contrary, it is the example of utter and radical involvement in the existence of the world …which does not retreat even in the face of the awful power of death. … The world will think you an idiot for trusting God more than men or idols. And you will be tempted. But remember on the day of temptation, which is always today … [to] look then to him who suffered
and was tempted, for he is able to help those who are tempted.”
– William Stringfellow, “Free in Obedience” (New York, Seabury Press, 1964)

From: Lent Devotional 2011 by Luther Seminary and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

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