We must believe...
Reflections on the readings for the First Sunday of Lent (March 10, 2019): DT 26:4-10; PS 91:1-2,10-11,12-13,14-15; ROM 10:8-13; LK 4:1-13
MISSIO offers “Mission In Scripture” to nurture a missionary heart, providing reflections on the missionary themes in the readings of Sundays, Feast Days and Holy Days.
God calls each one of us to believe in Him, to recognize that He loves us and cares for us.
No matter who we are, we have hope in Him because He will never give up on us as long as we have breath in our body. If we call on His name He will answer us. “For the Scripture says, No one who believes in Him will be put to shame. For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all, enriching all who call upon Him. For ‘everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved’” (Romans 10:11-13).
No one is denied this gift. Yet we cannot be so foolish as to think this means only offering lip service to our Lord. He knows us, heart and soul. He wants us to demonstrate our faith by following His way, by what we say and what we do. We must turn ourselves over to His loving care so that we will truly reflect the light of His holy face. Our Savior was strong and gentle, brave and humble, generous and sacrificing – He was and is a sign of contradiction in a world of self-centeredness and sin. If we want to belong to God, He will answer our call. We need only entrust ourselves to His mercy and do what He asks of us, one day at a time.
Suggested missionary action: Let us use each day of Lent to deepen our faith in Christ our King and Redeemer. We can take some time to think about the Nicene and Apostles’ Creeds and what their words really mean – and how they affect our lives.