FACING OUR PAIN
“Bear your share of hardship with the strength that comes from God for God has called us into a holy life, not according to OUR works, but according to God’s Grace.”
A holy life, we said is to live in love with the Love (God) who has loved us first. Love, when lived with a pure heart, allows us to let go of everything else so that only God remains. And while God is that love, the way we love is unique to each of us.
But it would be niave to think that a holy life is a life filled with the ecstasy of God’s love. So many of the saints speak of the “dark night”, even Pope Francis spoke of this about a week ago as he reflected on his own life. In our first reading the Israelites revolted against Moses and God because of the difficulties that did not seem to stop even after their “deliverance”.
So how do we respond when the darkness falls? Do we fall victim to fear? Do we harden our hearts so that they are protected from the pain? Or can we live with the hope of St. Paul – the kind that does not disappoint? Can we live with a hope that will allow us to be lead into new places . . . rather than simply veil our own fear and cynicism?
CLICK HERE for the readings for the 3rd Sunday in Lent (Exodus 17:3-7; Psalm 95; Romans 5:1-2, 5-8; John 4:5-42)