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Spiritual Reflections
by Fr. Sean C. Mulcahy,

A Talk for the Fourth Sunday of Lent
March 15th, 2015

“God Never Gives Up On Us”

Our readings today bring home the fact that God is a God of reversals. Our very first reading from Chronicles 2:36 reverses the situation of Israel which was in a state of rebellion against God, in that the princes of Judah, the Priests, and all the people added infidelity to infidelity, and polluting the Lord’s temple. Keep in mind that the lord had done a lot for them, because he had compassion on his people. He had sent the prophets to teach them and guide them, reminding them that they were God’s people. But instead of listening to the prophets – God’s messengers, they mocked and made fun of them and their preaching. We well might ask ourselves during this Lent, are we listening to the prophets today? God always uses messengers to remind us that he is a jealous God, and that his very first commandment reads: “I , the Lord, am your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery. You shall not have other gods besides me”.

Things turned really bad –keep in mind that when things went wrong, and bad things happened, this was looked upon as ‘punishment from God’. Their temple which represented the apex of their life, spiritually and culturally was destroyed, and everything related to it was torn down. To add insult to injury, those who survived this horrific attack were carried off into exile to Babylon, where they worked as slaves.

Despite their terrible calamity, God, being the compassionate-God He is, inspired a pagan king, King Cyrus of Persia to allow those who wanted to go back to their homeland, to do so. We read: “ Whoever, therefore, among you belongs to any part of his people ,let him go, and may his God be with him”. An unbelievable reversal – an incredible miracle. And so we read in the responsorial psalm: “Let my tongue be silenced if ever I forget you”. Our second reading from Paul to the Ephesians 2: “ God who is rich in mercy, because of the great love he had for us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, brought us to life in Christ--- by grace you have been saved- raised us up with him, and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus . ..”

Lent invites every one of us to admit our need for living water –we are asked to examine and acknowledge our personal and corporate blindness, and to open our hearts a genuine desire for new life in Christ – He is, after all – the Great and Merciful God of reversals. AMEN








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