It is a time of repentance and a time for conversion
Sunday, March 01, 2020
Almost everyone, even non-Christians, knows that Lent is about sin. It is a time of repentance and a time for conversion from sin to a more authentic Christian life. The readings we hear on the 1st Sunday of Lent support this view. We begin with the story of Adam and Eve. This reading from Genesis reminds us that sin has been part of human life from the beginning. The second reading from St. Paul’s letter to the Romans starts by recalling Adam’s sin and says that all people have sinned. The Gospel recounts the temptations of the devil that Jesus faced while he was in the wilderness of the desert and how Jesus does not sin.
What is most often overlooked is the point St. Paul makes in the second reading. Though all have sinned, he says, “how much more did the grace of God and the gracious gift of the one person Jesus Christ overflow for the many.” (Roman 5:15). Grace flows even more than sin thrives. God’s grace, mercy and love overcomes the power of sin and enables us to live in freedom as the Children of God.
Do you know how powerful the grace of God is deep in your heart? Lent is not supposed to be a time to feel terrible or to fear God’s wrath. It is a time to open our hearts more fully to the abundant grace of God that sets us free from sin and sadness. Take time this week to reflect on God’s goodness.
Please keep reading today’s bulletin for more Lenten opportunities.
Have a blessed week! Fr. Len