A Thursday Reflection – 3.12.15

Please pay close attention to the Gospel text that you will hear this coming Sunday.  You will notice within the proclamation what is sometimes called the “gospel within the Gospel” – John 3:16:  “For God so loved the world that He sent His Son …”

Christian faith is NOT primarily a series of beliefs and/or duties.  First and foremost, it is the relationship which Jesus, the Incarnate One and the “sole mediator between God and man,” has established with us.

Remember:  These weeks of Lent are NOT given to us to “prove” how much WE can give up or do.  It isn’t about us. These are the times of remembering what God has done for us in Christ.  This is about redemption.  This is all leading to the proclamation of an empty tomb and the greatest of all mysteries:  The Incarnate one is the “Risen” One – “the first born of the dead.”

And always it is about love.  How much we are loved for Jesus to have done for us what He did. Whatever we do, we remember, or pray – it must always be a response of love – to our “… God (who) so loved the world!”