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1th Sunday of Lent

Sunday, February 18, 2018

At the beginning of the Lent season, the Church calls the people to conversion reminding them about the sense of existence in God. We hear today Jesus teaching in Galilea and proclaiming the Gospel: “This is the time of fulfilment. The Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel”. It means that with the coming of Jesus and of his public activity the Kingdom of God is getting closer to us. Jesus opens it by his teaching, ministry, explaining the will of God, whom He himself, first starts to fulfill, and through his coming salvific torment and death on the Cross. It is all the part of the covenant that is bilateral pact (agreement) of God and his people which God contracted through the ages. It is about the beginning of this covenant that speaks the first reading today: after the water of the big flood God doesn’t want to lose a man anymore and He himself obliged to observe the rules which will protect human beings from his perishing. A rainbow is a natural sign of its covenant as it is Jesus Christ, the true God and the true man, a natural sign uniting heaven and earth. In Jesus Christ, the covenant of God with the people, guarantee us incessant life with God. There is nothing automatic in it. Jesus is taken by the Spirit to the desert for 40 days to be tempted by Satan and as an effect, He defeats satanic temptations. This way, He wants to show us that Satan is not a threat of our salvation anymore and this is valid as long as we are united with Him, following his teaching and calling to repent, drawing always from the fonts of salvation which Jesus Christ sealed on the Cross. We see that the Kingdom of Heaven in Christ starts to be our share with what St. Paul summarizes today: “Christ suffered for since once, the righteous for the sake of the unrighteous, that he might lead to God. Put to death in the flesh, he was brought to life in the Spirit.” In baptism we have access to this Spirit drawing salvific streams through the sacraments. Let us take use of it in this Lenten time and repent us to God in Jesus Christ. Let’s do it through participation in Station of the Cross in our Church, every Friday, 6 PM.