First Sunday of Lent – 2017
God’s love is epitomized in man!
We are about Five days into Lent already and how are we doing? On this first Sunday of Lent, we face the reality of God’s love for man – His creature, made in his image and likeness. The book of Genesis tells us, “The LORD God formed man out of the clay of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and so man became a living being.” The message that stands out here is that man did not ask God to create him. It was God in his infinite love and kindness that chose to create man from nothing. It recalls the words used during the imposition of the ashes on Ash Wednesday. “Remember you are dust (clay or ashes) and to dust we shall return.”
The significance of this love of God on this Sunday is so crucial and important. Why? Because it defines the entire work of salvation. God had made man and, later from the part of man, woman. But, the failure of mankind to honor and obey God’s command by chosen to obey the voice of the evil one separated man from God. However, even though God banished Adam and Eve from the garden of Eden, He, nevertheless, was full of mercy when, on the appointed time, he decided to redeem mankind from that eternal damnation and sent his only begotten Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ to come in the flesh and take away that sin that separated man from his creator – Our God.
As we were reminded on Ash Wednesday, this forty days of Lent is a time for prayer, fasting and almsgiving. We are therefore to pay very close attention to the activities of this Lent, especially regarding our relationship with God, the Church, and our neighbor. Through those virtues and morals, we benefit during these forty days should become part of who we are all the days of our life. We hope that they should not end on Easter Sunday.
Remember, we fast every Friday of Lent; and we have the Way of the Cross or the Stations of the Cross in our
Church, every Friday, during this Lent to commemorate the Passion of our Lord’s journey to Mount Calvary, Amen! In Christ!
Father Uche Obikwelu