We may have started Lent with hopes of doing something beautiful for God, but it has been God who has been sharing something beautiful with us.
In the reading from the Prophet Isaiah, we heard how God is forever making things new … His intent is to bring joy and hope to all of us. The psalmist who spoke of his relationship with God acknowledged that our actions can sometimes provoke God, but His anger is but a moment, and His goodwill a lifetime.
We heard today about the royal official who sought out Jesus and asked him to come and heal his son before he dies. Jesus assured him that he could return home, his son would live, and the son did live. During the exchange Jesus made a comment to him that cuts to the bone: “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.”John 4:48
What about our belief? It is contingent on seeing signs and wonders?
Hopefully our Lenten observance with its emphasis on prayer has been helping us to appropriate a deeper understanding of who Jesus is, and what He has done and is doing for us.
I am reminded of the reading from St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians that we heard proclaimed at mass this past Sunday when he spoke of the richness of God’s mercy; how God’s great love for us even when we were dead on account of our sin, brought us back to life in Christ. God gifted us with love and faith; neither of which we had to earn or work for.
God has performed many signs and wonders for us, among those wonders His love for us that became incarnate in Jesus. He was about creating a new heaven and a new earth, and for this we rejoice and are glad.
The God who neither needs nor wants our sacrifices became flesh so that He could draw us into his all-encompassing love. We are His handiwork, the work of His hands.
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About Father Leo Polselli, C.S.C.
Father Leo Polselli, C.S.C. is Chaplain at the Father Peyton Center in Easton, MA. Before coming to Holy Cross Family Ministries he served as a teacher and a parish priest. He also served for six years as a General Assistant of the Congregation in Rome, Italy. Originally from Fall River, MA, Father Leo grew up with eight siblings. Gifted with several languages, he is able to serve the Brazilian, Cape Verdean, Portuguese, Spanish and Haitian communities. When he's not greeting everyone who comes to the Father Peyton Center, you can find him regularly reading newspapers!