Plenty of cable channels love to program for Christmas, but Lent and Easter are usually reserved for sketchy Christian-themed documentaries of questionable accuracy, and the occasional faith-centric movie, special or miniseries.
A message on a sign in front of a Church this past week read: “O Lord, I didn’t know I was going to have to give up so much this Lent!” What has happened has led us to what we might think of as our communal Lenten experience and so then consider as well what the Lord intends for us to learn together!
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In Scripture a covenant is a sacred unbreakable bond between parties that makes them family and is sealed with blood sacrifice. It is binding on the parties even if one is not faithful to it.
If we find ourselves outside at sunset and the sky is clear, we can remember how light surprises. As shadows lengthen and the sun dips below the horizon, we can sense the gradual retreat of daylight. Soon, twilight advances and dusk gives way to approaching darkness. This daily transition opens the night sky to our vision. Gradually the stars begin to appear through the blue-gray haze of late evening. The dark of night invites the stars to reveal themselves. More and more, they sparkle in the night sky. They are always there, but visible now only in the darkness. These celestial beacons keep watch through the night, ever vigilant and faithful.
Today the Lord is making an impassioned call to us to entrust and give ourselves to Him as He, the God of the Universe, has given Himself to us. There is a bit of action in it so you need to pay attention.
Today is the solemnity of the feast of Annunciation which heralds the beginning of a new era, the era of our redemption. This new era of salvation becomes flesh in Mary’s womb. Why was Mary chosen to be the Mother of God? Her life was simple. She learned to do the tasks that other girls of her age learned: those needed to be a good homemaker. There was nothing extraordinary about her external life.