Ash Wednesday – March 9

The King is coming

Reading: Matthew 1 & 2: Highlighted reading Matthew 1:18-25

Matthew wants his readers to know that this gospel is about God fulfilling his promises from long ago. At last the King is coming. But he comes not in a palace but to two ordinary people from an insignicant town. The story of the angels’ visit to Joseph is a reminder that God always seems to work through the insignificant. (Notice that there are 4 women in the geneaology and explore their history to see how God does this to show that this is the way of the kingdom). God placed his son into the care of a human family – who would care for him and love him as he grew into adulthood.

Think about your own family. Thank God for the care and love they showed you. Think also about the people who have been significant in nurturing your spiritual growth and thank God for them

Why not thank God for these people publicly by adding a comment to this post expressing your gratitude?

ACTION: send a note, a card, an e-mail or a text to them to express your thanks and let them know that their efforts were worthwhile.

QUESTIONS? What are you waiting for God to do for you? What in this reading encourages you to keep trusting God while you wait?


6 Responses to “Ash Wednesday – March 9”

  1. 2 Zack
    March 9, 2011 at 4:44 am

    The reading today goes to show how God cares for all of us. He plants in families so that we are taken care of as we grow up although that will not be the case for everyone. When we respond to His love by accepting the gift of salvation, He again ensures that we are nurtured during those baby days of salvation walk.

    I thank him for my family and the other Christian families that He has graciously surrounded me with to help me continue in the journey of faith.

  2. 3 Alan Charter
    March 9, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Thank you Father for a place to belong – with you and with one another.

  3. March 9, 2011 at 11:56 am

    John, you were one of the main people who nurtured my spiritual growth back in my youth (and again now through your own personal witness and strength) so I’d like to say a huge thank you to you for all the work you have done with young people over the years!! : )

  4. 5 Ruth Thomas
    March 9, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    I’m grateful too — but whilst I can (and do) tell my mum quite how wonderful she’s been to me all these years, there are so many others who are no longer in a place where emails can reach…

  5. March 9, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Thank you God for my parents now with the Church triumphant and for the biggest family His Church, where all share the Fathers love.

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