Season of Cross Purposes
Season of Cross Purposes is based on the readings of the 1-5th weeks of Lent
Outline and References
New American Bible (NAB) readings are referenced from the Lectionary for Mass, for use in the dioceses of the United States of America, second typical edition ©1997, 1970 by the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C. [see link]Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright ©1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. and are used by permission. All rights reserved.
2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2 “for our sake he made him to be sin who did not know sin”
“Rend your hearts not your garments” from prophet Joel
Fasting is not for “show”
The purpose of the cross is to fulfill God’s promise to hear us on the day of salvation
1 Peter 3: 18 “Christ also suffered for sins once, the righteous for the sake of the unrighteous, that he might lead you to God. Put to death in the flesh, he was brought to life in the spirit.”
Genesis 9:12-13 “This is the sign I am giving you for all ages to come, of the covenant between me and you and every living creature with you, I set my bow in the clouds to serve as a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.”
The purpose of the cross is so we can have an intimate relationship with God our Father
The purpose of the cross is to lead us to God; to bring life in the Spirit to all generations; for Jesus to sit at the right hand of God with angels, authorities and powers subject to him
Like Jesus we prepare by fasting, testing, and “quiet”
Comparison of Isaac with Jesus by Origen, an early church Father. Origen was born in 185 A.D, was ordained a priest in 231 and died in 252. Isaac was the son of Abraham.
The purpose of the cross is absolute love
The purpose of the cross is intercession
The purpose of the cross is eternal life, conquering death
Romans 8:31 ““If God is for us, who can be against us?”
The purpose of the cross is to reveal the power and the wisdom of God;
The cross allows us to let go of our human need to take control of everything
1 Corinthians 1:22-25 “we proclaim Christ crucified” a “stumbling block to Jews…foolish to Gentiles”
The purpose of the cross is to return worship to right order
Galatians 3:13 Christ ransomed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who hangs on a tree“.
1 Corinthians 1 “27 but God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong, 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.”
The purpose of the cross is light to expose evil.
John 1:5-9 “The light shines in the darkness and darkness has not overcome it. A man named John was sent from God. He came for testimony to testify to the light so that all might believe through Him. He was not light but came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.”
The purpose of the cross is to show God’s resurrection power over death and life
The purpose of the cross is to show Jesus as the true dwelling place and temple of God
The purpose of the cross is bring life to those dead in transgression, to provide salvation by grace through the gift of faith
The purpose of the cross is to raise us up to be seated with God in heaven in Christ Jesus
The purpose of the cross is to show the immeasurable riches of God’s grace and kindness
Ephesians 2:7 ‘That in the ages to come He might show the immeasurable richness of His grace in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus’.
The purpose of the cross is to conquer fear and death
Romans 6: 3 “Or are you unaware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?”
The purpose of the cross is to exhibit God’s love
John 12: 27 “I am troubled now. Yet what should I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour?’ But it was for this purpose that I came to this hour.
The purpose of the cross is salvation from condemnation
The purpose of the cross is light, to expose evil and wicked works
John 18: “4 Jesus, knowing everything that was going to happen to him, went out and said to them, “Whom are you looking for?” 5 They answered him, “Jesus the Nazorean.” He said to them, “I AM.” Judas his betrayer was also with them. 6 When he said to them, “I AM,” they turned away and fell to the ground.”
The Scrutiny readings from Year A emphasize Baptism, conversion, and Christ the Messiah
The Scrutiny involve the images of living water and light
Readings for the Season of Cross Purposes see Readings & Catechism
Joel 2:12-18 “rend your hearts not your garments” proclaim a fast; “let the priests and ministers of the Lord weep and say ’spare O Lord, your people
2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2 “for our sake he made him to be sin who did not know sin” Fulfilling God’s promise in Isaiah: “Now is a very acceptable time, behold, now is the day of salvation”
Matthew 6:1-5, 16-18 not that others might see, “pray, go to your inner room…pray to your Father in secret”
1st Sunday of Lent
Genesis 9:8-15 covenant: “never again shall all bodily creatures be destroyed” by flood
1 Peter 3:18-22 Christ suffered for sins once, the righteous for the sake of the unrighteous. Noah’s flood prefigured baptism. “Appeal to God for a clear conscience through the resurrection of Jesus”
Mark1:12-14 Jesus in the desert 40 days; at Galilee he proclaimed “This is the time of fulfillment” “The kingdom of God is at hand”
2nd Sunday of Lent
Genesis 22:1-2, 9a,10-13, 15-18 Abraham tested in offering Isaac as a holocaust; did not withhold his beloved son so God blessed him abundantlyRoman 8:31b-34 God is for us, did not spare his Son, “handed him over for us all” Jesus who died was raised, at right hand our intercessor
Mark 9:2-10 the transfiguration; dazzling white; Elijah and Moses appeared conversing with Jesus, voice: my beloved Son; charged not to tell until when Son of Man risen from the dead.
3rd Sunday of Lent
Exodus 20:1-17 Ten Commandments; “mercy down to 100th generation; “the Lord will not leave unpunished the one who takes his name in vain”;
1 Corinthians 1:22-25 “we proclaim Christ crucified” a “stumbling block to Jews… foolish to Gentiles”
John 2:13-25 Jesus cleaned out the temple area with whip, with “Zeal”; “Destroy this temple & in 3 days I will raise it up” -remembered later; Some began to believe in his name due to signs: “Jesus would not trust himself to them because he knew them all”??
4th Sunday of Lent
2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23 Princes, priests, people of Judah infidelity; despised warnings; anger of the Lord inflamed; their enemies tore down Jerusalem; burnt temple, captives to Babylon until King of Persia, Cyrus, had word from the Lord to rebuild it and restore Jerusalem.
Ephesians 2:4-10 in mercy & love God brought those dead in sin to life with Christ; “by grace you have been saved” through gift of faith
John 3:14-21 Jesus to Nicodemus: “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son” “that the world might be saved through him” “whoever believes in him will not be condemned”
Scrutiny Sundays: A
3rd Sunday of Lent/ scrutiny: A
Exodus 17:3-7 “strike the rock” in Horeb and “water will flow”
Romans 5:1-2,5-8 “while we were sinners, Christ died for us”
John 4:5-42 Samaritan women at the well
4th Sunday of Lent / scrutiny: A
1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a Samuel’s anointing of David
Ephesians 5:8-14 “Live as children of light”
John 9:1-41 man born blind, whose sin? “smeared clay on his eyes” “I was blind and now I see” “I do believe”
Fifth Sunday of Lent / scrutiny: A
Ezekiel 37:12-14 “I will put my spirit in you”
Romans 8:8-11″..not in the flesh but in the spirit”
John 11:1-45 or 11:3-7, 17, 20-27, 33b-45 “Lazarus, come out!”