[You worked] with the weapons of righteousness [justice] for the right hand and for the left… You were treated as an impostor, and yet [were] true; as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see—you are alive; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.This is the power of God in our lives, my beloved, the power that enables us to live cruciform lives. As our Lord observed in our gospel lesson, it is a power that must be cultivated by prayer, fasting, living generous lives (look how we raised twice as much money for Fenny as we set out to do; that money did not fall from the sky, it came because God created generous hearts), and other acts of piety, sincere acts that seek to obey the will of God and not court the favor and approval of humans. This is the stuff of which Lent is made. This is the stuff of living faithful Christian lives. It is the power of God at work in us to transform us over time into the fully human beings God created us to be. It is the power of God to use our faithfulness to help right the wrongs of his good but fallen creation. It is the power to receive and live the Good News, now and for all eternity, thanks be to God! To him be honor, praise, and glory forever and ever. In the name of God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.