People of faith see things differently and live differently. For them, death is not a dead end, but a door that leads to another dimension of life. In this Sunday’s Gospel (John 11:1-45), Jesus powerfully proclaims by word and deed that understanding of death.
Most people are not born physically blind, we are all born spiritually blind. No one is born being able to see the presence of Jesus in their lives. We only come to see Jesus when he removes our spiritual blindness.
Jesus himself tells us, “Let anyone who thirsts come to me and drink.” (John 7:37)
The Gospel for this Second Sunday of Lent challenges us to take an “aerial view” of our spiritual lives – to recognise its plains and valleys, and most of all, its mountain tops. Those who look with the eyes of faith, a mountain top experience is available each time we come to Mass.
Lent is the time for us to become more aware of the devil’s enticements so that like Jesus we too can say, “Get away, Satan!”
We tend to be more attentive to instructions specifically addressed to us than to those meant for everyone. In this Sunday’s Gospel (Matthew 5:38-48), Jesus gives instructions on how people should deal with those who treat them badly and how they should behave toward their enemies.
Be what you are! Jesus makes it abundantly clear: “You are the salt of the earth….You are the light of the world.”
If we are to recognise the presence of Jesus in our lives, we need to work at strengthening our spiritual vision.
We need to spend time in prayer, to read the scriptures, to come to Mass, to be part of the Church, otherwise, our spiritual vision will become weak and blurry and we will fail to see the Lord in our lives and in our world.
In the Gospels, who said, “May it be done to me according to your word”?
Getting to know a person and developing a true bond of friendship and love is a process that requires time and attention.
It is even more true when it comes to our Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ. A relationship with our Lord takes time to develop and grow, nurtured by both parties.
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