Monday, April 4, 2011
"I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?" (John 11: 25-26, NAB)
"Whether you understand it or not, God loves you, is present to you, lives in you, dwells in you, calls you, saves you." - Thomas Merton
Entering into the Fourth Week of Lent, we remember that life is a gift to us from God, the Father. Our life is not our own choosing but by God's designing.
Because of this, we continue to carry the hope, at this mid-Lenten point, that everything that happens in our life lies entirely in the assuring hands of God.
"Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb? Even should she forget, I will never forget you. See, upon the palms of my hands I have written your name..." (Isaiah 49: 15-16, NAB)
We must never be afraid to gaze into the eyes of Jesus and acknowledge Him as the source of our life, the bringer of hope, the cause of our joy, the source of our salvation... Jesus alone can make everything new...Jesus alone forgives our sins.
For the remaining part of Lent, take courage that Jesus will heal any blindness in your heart and restore fully your inner sight to become more aware of God in your life. Jesus will bring light into the darkness of your heart. Jesus alone will heal and remove all your burdens and sufferings.
"For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light, for light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth." (Ephesians 5: 8-9, NAB)
"Look at His adorable face. Look at His glazed and sunken eyes. Look at His wounds. Look Jesus in the Face. There, you will see how He loves us." - St. Therese of Lisieux