Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Sometimes we have to take a step back and ask the Lord, “Do you really mean that?” This is not meant to be an impertinent question, but rather an attempt at serious introspection for the good of our soul. We are the sinners and yet God in His unfathomable mercy comes to us to make a covenant, an agreement to be with us and watch over us intimately. Thus begins that all important covenant with Abraham, our father in faith. Though the particulars of the covenant may be strange to us the bottom line is that God will always be faithful even if we are not and that He longs for us to be with Him for all eternity. The covenant that He makes with Abraham begins the longed-for re-union with our Creator.
This covenant culminates in the personal covenant we believers have as a result of our Baptism. The Father comes to seek us out, the Son dies for us that we may have life; the Spirit inflames us with the love of God. Where there is fire there is warmth and light. The Fire of the Holy Spirit purifies and ignites an energy to follow the Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, wherever He asks us to go. In this our Heavenly Father takes great delight in each one of us personally and we take comfort and joy in knowing that we are children of God.
During Lent, we indeed, meditate on and take great joy in our Baptism, our personal covenant with God and though the brilliance of that covenant sometimes becomes obscured by sin, God again steps forward to give us a “good wash” in the Sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession. This is the acceptable time to restore the glow of our covenant, to rid ourselves of the dross of sin by coming to the Lord, through His priests, and receive the assurance of His mercy. Yes, indeed, how odd of God to keep coming to us and renewing the covenant. Such is the love the Lord has for us.
Pray ceaselessly for the people of Ukraine and the conversion of Russia. Our Lady of Fatima pray for us.