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As we make our journey through Lent, the readings of the Mass this weekend show us that God guides our lives with a good purpose always. Even the disaster of Jesus’ death could become the means of God’s victory over evil and death. Accepting the season of Lent as a season of Christian renewal in anticipation of Easter; the focus of the readings as exaltation is evident.
Firstly, one could take the actual structure of the Gospel passage and start off with the reality of our broken, sinful lives. We can delude ourselves that sin is some minor misdemeanour, which can be easily over-looked. Rather it is active in the awesome capacity that human beings have to say ’no’ to their Creator. It is such a disordered reality. Sin involves a rebellion that disintegrates human life and our relationships with God and others. The Christian must know our sinfulness in the light of God’s love. The measure of God’s love is that he longs for us even though we have turned against him. He loves us during our miserable rebellion.
The Cross is the eloquent sign of this mystery. The Word became a human being to share our limited existence and communicate to us how much God loves us. A human being makes absolute commitment when they give all unto death. Jesus’ death is the expression of God’s total commitment to humanity even amid humanity’s sinfulness.
Healing is available to people by contemplating the love of God shown in the death of Jesus. Jesus’ loving commitment to humanity expresses God’s desire for the friendship of humankind. In the reconciliation with God lies the hope of broken humanity with the living God, the junction on the road to true life. Healing is bound up with confronting the roots of sin in the light of God’s word.
Healing offers true life with Christ , as the Second Reading forcefully presents. The Christian is invited to enjoy the gift of God as a traveller on the way to journey’s end. All three readings this weekend indicate this challenge of faith. In the Gospel it is the judgement that must be made; in the Second Reading it is envisaged as somehow realised by our sitting with Christ in the heavenly places; in the First Reading it is foreshadowed by the return of the Exiles to the Holy Land. The Christian community which gathers round the Cross and receives healing, hope and life there, is summoned to be a light for the nations proclaiming the noble calling of humanity to be children of God, reflecting his creative and healing is a sinful world.
Canon Francis Brown