Themes for this week:
Temptation, Shame, Guilt, and Whole-heartedness
This is the first Sunday of Lent. We've begun a new journey, of sorts, exploring the relationship between our own self-awareness and salvation. The first Sunday gets us started by examining themes around testing and temptation that invite us to a way of truthfulness that leads to life.
Readings for this Sunday:
Deuteronomy26:1-11 • Ps.91:1-2,9-16 • Romans 10:8b-13 • Luke 4:1-13
Fulton J. Sheen, 20th century
"Why is it that any time we speak of temptation we always speak of temptation as something that inclines us to wrong? We have more temptations to become good than we do to become bad."
Henry David Thoreau, 19th century
"Generally speaking, a howling wilderness does not howl: it is the imagination of the traveler that does the howling."
Mother Teresa, 20th century
"I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish [God] didn't trust me so much."
Below are three videos drawn from an August, 2013 presentation by the social researcher Brené Brown. The first two are animated shorts that present a single idea concisely. The third is the original 20 minute video from which they were based.