March 23, 2014

3rd Sunday of Lent: Christ reveals God's love to us

Christ became man in order that we might have peace with God.  In our second reading, we are told that we have been justified by faith through Jesus Christ and because of this justification, we have access to God, who was previously beyond us.  Christ revealed God’s love to us.  In fact, the Church teaches that Christ is the fullness of God’s revelation to humanity, meaning that everything God wishes to reveal to us has been made known to us through Christ.  However, we do not know everything there is to know about God because God is infinite mystery, this is why the Church continues to grow and to change—because we continue to learn more of what God has revealed to us through Christ.

During Lent, we are to grow in our understanding of God’s love for us and the sacrifice Christ made for us on the cross.  We can hope in the glory of God which has been poured into our hearts through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.   Imagine giving of yourself to someone who does not care.  We have no trouble giving of ourselves to those who appreciate us and love us, but to those who are unkind or unappreciative, we have a hard time giving to them.  Imagine how much harder it was for Christ to suffer and die for us when we were the ones who were crucifying him.

We generally have a hard time with our Lenten sacrifice.  It is ok if you have fallen from your fast, it happens.  Each Sunday, as we celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, we can renew our commitment to our Lenten fast and begin again.  By committing to our Lenten Fast, we can progress in our journey of faith as we walk with Christ towards Calvary.   

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