Sunday, March 14, 2021

Between the Light and the Dark (Readings 4th Sunday of Lent, Year B)

Fourth Sunday of Lent 2021 (Cycle B): 2 Chronicles 36:14-16; 19-23; Ephesians 2:4-10; John 3:14-21

    There is something I have always said when it comes to helping others "You can throw a drowning person the lifesaving ring but it's up to them to grab it."  How many times have we seen someone in trouble and we've done our best to help them, yet they refuse to accept help, often tuning us out, maybe even cutting communication with us?  How often, when our efforts are underappreciated, do we feel let down, underappreciated and ignored? And how often do we just give up. "Forget it, they don't want my help. I've done all I could. I give up."

    But have we done all we could?  Really?  Jesus, Himself, gave us His life.  He sacrificed Himself in order to save us.  God gave us His only Son.  The light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil.  How many of us know that what we are doing is not right, yet we choose to do it anyway?  How many of us turn away from God because we want to continue satisfying the desires of our flesh?  If we feel discouraged from continuing to try and help those who do not want our help, what more did/does our Lord feel?  And don't forget, He gave up His life knowing that the sins of humankind would continue.

    Our Lord did not give up on us, He gave Himself up for us so we could have faith in Him.  As St. Paul said to the Ephesians God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love he had for us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, brought us to life with Christ... For by grace you have been saved through faith.  Even when we are deep in sin, our merciful God is willing to forgive us.  Turn to God, choose the Light of Christ, and by His power, His grace will come over us, and save us.  But there is always something that we have:  a choice.  It is up to us to choose between the darkness and the light.  Jesus gave up His life for us.  Are we willing to give up our sinful ways in order to show Him how much we believe in Him, and that we love Him for the love that He showed us on that cross?