Lent is about LIFE. Lent is about CHRIST. Lent is about the CROSS.
Moses is the great Law-giver, and in today’s readings, we hear once again how God gives the people the blue-print for living a full life, which is a life in harmony with God, and God’s Law. The words of Moses are just a true today as they were in his time:
Today I have set before you life and prosperity, death and doom. If you obey the commandments of the LORD, your God, which I enjoin on you today, loving him, and walking in his decrees, you will live and grow numerous, and the LORD, your God, will bless you in the land you are entering to occupy….Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live, by loving the LORD, your God…
We know and believe the Law (10 Commandments) were the precursor to Jesus, and the New and Eternal Covenant ushered in with and by Christ. So, for us now, it is Christ and His Word we are to love and obey. To choose Christ is to choose LIFE.
Let us not loose sight of the Law of God, fulfilled in Christ. Lent calls us to be honest and realistic in living our faith. We believe there is LIFE after life. We believe there is a need for Salvation, the salvation won by CHRIST, and for all the names in the world given to men, this is the only one by which we can be saved. (Acts 4: 12)
Belief in Salvation necessarily means being honest about the reality of sin. And sin speaks to the reality of offending God and God’s Law, which speaks to the reality that there is a Natural Law, a Moral Law that comes from God, and precedes the laws of men and governments.
Lent is a call to humbly and honestly name our sins, and to call upon the name of Jesus to find the healing, mercy of God. Lent is our call to return to God. Lent is our call to return to Christ. Lent is our call to return to Christ’s Church and His Sacraments.
Our doors are open! Return to Christ! We welcome you with open arms!