REMEMBERING WHO WE ARE
Sometimes it does us well to reflect on a theme that runs through today’s (Sunday, March 11) Mass readings. The theme is humility. More specifically, it’s a recognition of who we are and who God is. In the first reading from 2 Chronicles (36:14-16; 19-23) we see that despite God’s repeated attempts of uniting His people and bring them peace and prosperity, they continue to ignore Him and worse, mock Him as though He doesn’t exist. This reflects what a lot of us experience in our own lives and in the lives of those we know and love. People know God exists yet they continue to live as though He doesn’t. God, in His mercy, continues to call out to them like He did with His people in the Old Testament by way of the prophets, yet His words go unheeded.
In the second reading (Ephesians 2:4-10), St. Paul reminds us that Christ died for us even when we were dead in our transgressions. In other words, even when we didn’t know Him, love Him or even care, He died for us – think about that for a minute, let it sink in. That would be the equivalent of us giving our everything, even our lives, for someone who we know could care less, at least in that moment. It’s a truly difficult thing to do; almost seemingly impossible or at best, foolish.
The readings culminate in the Gospel (John 3:14-21) where the famous “For god so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal life.” All of the readings show us that it is vital that we always bear in mind who we once were and what we can even become again if not fervent and persistent. These readings are today’s equivalent of God speaking through His prophets of old. Is He trying to reach out to you? Has your spiritual life become mundane and dull, lacking excitement and zeal? Here is God calling out to you to re-establish your love for Him so He can bless you and make you prosper.
Take some time this week to make a Holy Hour. Make as many Holy hours as you can! This is the way prescribed by Christ to keep the spiritual juices flowing. When before His Sacramental Majesty, think about everything He’s brought you out of in the past. Think about how, unlike people, He knows you completely and is with you everywhere, just waiting to hear from you. We are, like St. Paul says in the second reading, “His handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance.” Humility. Knowing who we are and who God is. Once obtained, our lives can never be the same.