The Gift of Covenant
What a treasure we find in the Readings on this First Sunday of Lent! The theme: covenant; a sacred promise; a bond between God and his people – all people for all time. In the First Reading, following the story of Noah, we learn of the promise of God that never again would a flood take all life from this earth and God offers a sign: a bow in the sky as a reminder of this promise. The story of Noah stands as a preview of our baptism by water into a life of Jesus Christ; we become God’s people through the waters of baptism when all sin is wiped away.
Interesting that the Church chooses this theme as the season of Lent unfolds for Lent is a time of repentance. We are on a journey with all faithful Christians throughout the world to pause, if you will, and become deliberate in asking for forgiveness. We know by our shared faith in Jesus Christ that forgiveness will be granted. However, the gift of Lent is that it draws us closer to God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In the gift of forgiveness we are reassured of that original covenant given to humanity following the forty days of rain that flooded Noah’s world and washed away the sins of the people. We will always be God’s people.
As we journey with Jesus this Lent, let us hold this sacred covenant in our hearts and let us strive to live our lives in a way that brings others to know and love the Son of God. How do we give thanks to God for the promise that we will forever be his people and he will forever be our God? What could we possibly offer in thanksgiving for that incredible gift?! Perhaps we could take time this Lent to intentionally ponder this gift and how it enhances our lives and then ask ourselves what God might be calling us to: Repentance? Christian service? More time in prayer? The sharing of our abundant gifts from God? What a wonderful way to respond to the gift of this covenant of everlasting love!
May you know God’s presence in your Lenten journey.
Opportunities for Reconciliation:
Every Saturday at 4:00 pm, here at St. Francis Xavier
Lenten Reconciliation Service:
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 – 6:30 pm
Peace and healing,