Editor’s Note: The following is part of Millennial Lenten Reflections, a blog series in collaboration with Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good. Short reflections on the day’s readings, written by young adults from FMS and other organizations, will be posted everyday throughout Lent.
We’re well into Lent. Perhaps what we gave up (or promised ourselves to do better at) has slipped. We’ve started eating chocolate again, or got back on Facebook, or were cruel to others. Easter still seems a long ways off, and perhaps we start to doubt that we’ll ever make it through Lent. But in today’s Gospel we find hope.
Jesus asserts his divinity and makes it clear that it was God the Father who sent Him to save the world. This was an important message to the Pharisees then, but it’s also important us. It’s a reminder that Jesus is God and that we have the Easter promise to look forward to.
It’s a long road during Lent, but we’ll make it. That long road is never clearer than in the first reading, when Moses is leading the Israelites out of Egypt. The Israelites are tired and hungry; perhaps they think they’ll never reach the end of their journey, as we often feel during Lent. But as Jesus reminds us in the Gospel, we can‘t lose hope, and we must trust in God.
With some patience and faith, we will make it to the end of our spiritual journey.
Jason Miller is Director of Campaigns and Development at the Franciscan Action Network. Follow him on twitter: @419in703