A Perfect Lead-In to what Lent is all about (watch the video) Alan Greenspan, Chairman of the powerful Federal Reserve Board 1987-2006, was interviewed lately about the housing/banking debacle. After patiently explaining all the complex factors that were involved he ended the interview (or at least the part that was shown) by summarizing it all by saying in essence it couldn’t be avoided because of “a basic flaw in human nature“!
I believe that the Apostle Paul would say that’s exactly what we should be focused on in our Lenten meditations. And I also believe that is the area, this basic flaw in human nature, where the Apostle makes his greatest contribution to the christian foundations. So here is the schedule I’ve devised for reading a chapter a day from his writings as I meditate with him on the meaning behind Lent.
Wednesday- Romans 1 – The Bad News in the Gospel
Thursday- I Corinthians 1 – The Gospel of the Cross
Friday- Romans 7 – The Human Predicament
Saturday- Galatians 3 – God’s way of Redemption
Sunday- Colossians 2 - Putting away the Body of Death
Monday- Ephesians 2 - God’s New Man
Tuesday- Galatians 4 – Children of God’s Promise
Just a careful reading of these chapters with an open mind and a reverent spirit will put us in a position to understand what Saint Paul is trying to tell us about the relationship between the basic flaw in human nature and what happened at the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, according to God’s purpose,” which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.”