It took a year to read the Bible, then almost 9 months to read the Apocrypha. Now, I'm going to try to offer reflections on the Narrative Lectionary. But, I won't be posting daily--at least, for a while.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Celebration of Arrival, a Reflection on Joshua 5:9-12

Camped at Gilgal. Their ancestors had lived in Egypt, but this generation had been born on the journey through the wilderness. Now that they have crossed the Jordan, they are ready to claim the promise that has been made to them.

The night before their forbears had left Egypt, they had a passover. Now, they once again keep the passover. They have gone from passover to manna to once more passover. They now will be fed by the crops of their new home.

Captive to Egypt, wandering in wilderness, celebration of freedom. Useful metaphors for us on our own journey from where we've been captive to worldly demands--or just our own selfish pleasures--to a period of lent, towards a new life--Eastertide, with its promises, rewards, and renewals.

Warning, though--they are in the land but haven't quite conquered it. Battles will occur. So for us when we make it through Lent to Easter. We'll still have some of those old temptations to face.

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