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Lent for Everyone: Week 5, Saturday

Lent For Everyone Reading Plan

This is Saturday of the fifth week of Lent. Wright has assigned a long, overview reading out of the next two chapters of Matthew. Before you read, let me commend to you Wright’s question: “To read this story casually, glancing through and reminding ourselves of its main outline, is to trivialize and so to misread it, like hearing a great piece of music played at ten times the proper speed. Read it with the question in mind, ‘Lord, it isn’t me, is it?’ and see what answer you get.”

“Because it is me — and you, and all of us. We are all here somewhere. We have all been loyal and yet disloyal. We have all wanted to do the right thing and then run away when the go- ing got tough. We have all colluded with injustice, stayed silent when we should have spoken out, and then perhaps blurted out some give-away remark when we should have shut up. And we have all stood by scenes of sorrow and tragedy, not knowing what to say or do but feeling that somehow, if only, we could or should have prevented it.”

“Find yourself in the story, wherever you are.”

The reading is Matthew 26:14-27:66. (If you want to listen, scroll to the bottom of that page for the audio links.)