March 8, 2015

Third Sunday in Lent 2015

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Passage: Ephesians 5:1
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We began our Lenten pilgrimage on Ash Wednesday with the suggestion that the story of our redemption is the story of three gardens. I suggested then that our journey this Lent would be from the Garden of exile in Eden, to the garden of surrender in Gethsemane (where Adam and Eve’s disobedience is undone by the perfect obedience of Christ) to the Garden of the Resurrection, where Mary will find the tomb of our Lord empty. This is the image with which we began our Lenten journey. But there is another sense in which the drama of the Lent and Easter – indeed, the drama of our salvation – may be described as the story not of three gardens, but of two trees. On the one hand, there is the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, that infamous tree from the first pages of the Bible. Its story, I suspect, is well known to most of us: Adam and Eve, placed by God in paradise and called to live in love with him and all of creation, are enticed by the serpent to eat the fruit of the one tree in all of Eden prohibited by the Lord. You will be as gods, says the serpent, if you simply eat. Convinced that to be god is better than to love God, they eat. This is the first tree. ...

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