Sunday 10 March 2024

About Today Readings

4th Sunday of Lent

2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23. Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you! – Psalm 136(137). Ephesians 2:4-10. John 3:14-21.

Faith in the new true presence

Faith. A word often used carelessly. What is it? Well, according to the Old Testament reading from 2 Chronicles today, a lack of it by the Chosen People led to the Babylonian activity: ‘. . . all the leaders of Judah, the priests and the people, too, were exceedingly unfaithful . . . God handed them all over to Nebuchadnezzar.’ Faithlessness was combined with mockery of the Lord’s prophets who urged faith. Then, faith meant fidelity to the Law of God – which was the true presence of God among the Jewish nation. The Jewish people laughed at the prophets and thus the Law, and thus, God. St Paul’s deep Jewish foundations are in evidence even as he declares in his letter to the Ephesians that the new path of salvation is also through faith – but faith in a new true presence, that of Jesus. What is faith? Taking action in his name, with complete trust in his offer of spiritual rescue.

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