We Journey on to the Light of Easter

lenten posterAt this point in Lent, let each of us look back at our own journey since Ash Wednesday. What kind of journey has it been so far? We can ask ourselves if our initial fervor has begun to fizzle; are we half-heartedly going through the motions? Now is a good time to renew the zeal of our personal Lenten journey. 

The readings for the fourth Sunday of Lent speak of God’s wonderful gift to us. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. (John 3:16) This is such an awesome thought. One has only to go back through the ages and look at human history to be aware of all the transgressions against God and fellow humans – some minor, others of horrendous dimensions. But what about our own personal lives? What wrongs have we as individuals been guilty of? One might look at the transgressions of others and be inclined to say: “I will never forgive him/her…” Yet, look at what God has done for each one of us. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God…We are his handiwork.” (Ephesians 2: 8-9)

road pictureOur very lives are gifts from God. God created us out of love. This God has continued to love us, his people throughout the ages regardless of what we might have done or not done. Just imagine the best, most wonderful worldly gift you have ever received or desire to receive. None can come anywhere near the gift God has given us – his beloved Son. And then the Son himself gifted us by accepting to sacrifice his own life for us and set an indelible example.

As we continue on our Lenten journey let us take time to ponder the implication of God’s wonderful gift to us. For “God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love he had for us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, brought us to life with Christ.”  (Ephesians 2:4)

road viewWhat does this mean for us as we live out our daily lives in the midst of our personal sufferings and joys, successes and defeats? At the end of the day, how can we say we lived Christ in the ordinary and extraordinary moments and events? How far have we advanced on our personal Lenten journey? Can we see the end of the road and how is it summoning us to continue towards the Light of Easter?
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