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BEFORE THE CROSS | Lenten discipline counteracts belief that our desires define us

Lent begins this week. What's your plan?

Sometimes our Lenten disciplines feel pretty random. We give up chocolate, or beer, or whatever — not because of any intrinsic value in them, but just because we feel like we should give something up. The apparent randomness can become an argument — sometimes from others, sometimes in our own minds — against keeping up the discipline. Does it really matter?

I'm all for well-chosen Lenten disciplines. But even apparently random disciplines have tremendous value for ourselves and our world, and we should hold fast to them.

Why?

BEFORE THE CROSS | Reacting with faith means proclaiming Jesus is Lord

How do you react? The readings this week ask us this question.

David's son Absalom, started a rebellion and David had to flee for his life. While he was fleeing, a man came to meet him, cursing David for all of the bloodshed. The royal guards wanted to lop the man's head off. But how did David react? He told his soldiers that maybe God had sent the man. After all, it was the truth: David was reaping the fruit of his own sins. He accepted the judgment of God, and hoped that a time of blessing might come after.

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | Condenar el pecado, pero amar al pecador

¿Es posible condenar un pecado en los términos más claros posibles, y sin embargo amar a la persona que comete el pecado?

Al señalar el 45º aniversario de la legalización del aborto en los Estados Unidos, es crucial que respondamos esta pregunta correctamente.

La cultura contemporánea quiere decirnos que no podemos hacer ambas cosas: o aceptamos la persona y respaldamos sus acciones, o la odiamos porque no aprobamos su comportamiento.

Lo que dice la cultura contemporánea es que seguir a Jesús es imposible.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Condemn the sin, but love the one who commits it

Is it possible to condemn a sin in the clearest possible terms, and yet love the person who commits the sin?

As we mark the 45th anniversary of the legalization of abortion in the United States, it's crucial that we answer this question correctly.

Contemporary culture wants to tell us that we can't do both: either we accept the person and endorse their actions, or we hate the person because we don't approve their behavior.

But what contemporary culture is saying is that following Jesus is impossible.

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | Reflexiona sobre los intentos de Dios de traer cambio a nuestras vidas

"El vino nuevo se vierte en recipientes nuevos" (Mc. 2;22)

Las lecturas de esta semana están llenas de historias acerca de nuevos recipientes para el vino. Y nos dan algo que pensar acerca del comienzo del año.

Por ejemplo, después que Saúl es rechazado por su desobediencia, David es ungido como el nuevo rey de Israel. Dios trató de hacer algo nuevo, y David es el nuevo recipiente.

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