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Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Message for Lent

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Message for Lent

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has made a video with a message for Lent. Transcripts are below in English and Español.

The video and text are also available on the Episcopal Church website; the video is introduced with this text in English:

The season of Lent is upon us. It is a season of making a renewed commitment to participate and be a part of the movement of Jesus in this world.

Vídeo de introducción en español:

“Se acerca el tiempo de la Cuaresma”, dijo el Obispo Presidente y Primado Michael Curry en su Mensaje para la Cuaresma del 2016. “Es la temporada en la que se hace un compromiso renovado de participar y formar parte de la movimiento de Jesús en este mundo”.

English Transcript:

Clarence Jorden of the Koinonia Movement many years ago wrote this:
Jesus founded the most revolutionary movement in human history, a movement built on the unconditional love of God for the world, and the mandate to those who follow to live that love.

The season of Lent is upon us. It is a season of making a renewed commitment to participate and be a part of the movement of Jesus in this world. You can see some of that in the Gospel lesson for the first Sunday of Lent where Luke says that after the Baptism of Jesus he went into the wilderness, there to be tempted of Satan.

After the Baptism. Baptism is the sacrament of commitment to the Jesus Movement. It is to be washed, if you will, in the love and the reality of God, and to emerge from that great washing as one whose life is dedicated to living that love in the world.

In this season of Lent, we take some time to focus on what that means for our lives, whether it is as simple as giving up chocolate candy or as profound as taking on a commitment to serve the poor or to serve others in some new way. Whatever it is, let that something be something that helps you participate in the movement of God’s love in this world following in the footsteps of Jesus.

And the truth is, the fact that Jesus was baptized and began that movement in the world and immediately found himself tempted by the devil is an ever-present reminder that this movement is not without struggle. It is not easy. The truth is, this movement is difficult. It’s hard work. It’s work of following Jesus to the cross. And it’s work of following Jesus through the cross to the Resurrection. To new life. And new possibility. That is our calling. That is the work of the movement. To help this world move from what is often the nightmare of the world itself into the dream that God intends.

So I pray that this Lent, as they used to say many years ago, might be the first day of the rest of your life. It might be a new day for this world.

God love you. God bless you. Have a blessed Lent, a glorious Easter, and you keep the faith.

Transcripción Española:


Hace muchos años Clarence Jorden del Movimiento Koinonia escribió esto:
Jesús fundó el movimiento más revolucionario de la historia humana, un movimiento edificado sobre el amor incondicional de Dios hacia el mundo, y el mandato a los que siguen de vivir ese amor.

Se acerca el tiempo de la Cuaresma. Es la temporada en la que se hace un compromiso renovado para participar y formar parte del movimiento de Jesús en este mundo. Usted puede observar algo de eso en la lectura del evangelio para el primer domingo de la Cuaresma, donde Lucas dice que después del bautismo Jesús se fue al desierto, para allí ser tentado por Satanás.

Después del bautismo. El bautismo es el sacramento del compromiso con el Movimiento de Jesús. Por así decirlo, es para ser lavado en el amor y la realidad de Dios, y para salir de ese gran lavado como uno cuya vida está dedicada a vivir ese amor en el mundo.

En esta época de la Cuaresma, nos tomamos un tiempo para centrarnos en lo que eso significa para nuestras vidas, si es tan simple como no tomar caramelos de chocolate o tan profundo como asumir el compromiso de servir a los pobres o servir a los demás de alguna manera nueva. Sea lo que sea, permita que ese algo sea algo que le ayude a usted a participar en el movimiento del amor de Dios en este mundo, siguiendo los pasos de Jesús.

Y la verdad es que el hecho de que Jesús fuera bautizado y comenzara ese movimiento en el mundo y de inmediato se viera tentado por el diablo es un recordatorio siempre presente de que este movimiento no se realiza sin lucha. No es fácil. La verdad es que este movimiento es difícil. Es un trabajo duro. Es el trabajo de seguir a Jesús hasta la cruz. Y es el trabajo de seguir a Jesús a través de la cruz a la resurrección. Para una nueva vida. Y a una nueva posibilidad. Esa es nuestra vocación. Ese es el trabajo del movimiento. El ayudar a este mundo a pasar de lo que suele ser la pesadilla del mismo mundo, hacia el sueño que Dios quiere.

Así que rezo para que esta Cuaresma, como solían decir hace muchos años, pueda ser el primer día del resto de la vida de usted. Pueda ser un nuevo día para este mundo.

Dios le ama. Dios le bendiga. Tenga una bendita Cuaresma, una gloriosa Pascua, y manténgase en la fe.



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John Dotson

Radical, mystical, concrete, immediate—the ever-present Not My Will but Thine Be Done. Thanks you, Bishop Michael.

Paul Powers

This is one of the best Lenten messages I have ever heard.

June Butler

Thanks to Bishop Michael for an inspiring and uplifting Lenten message.

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