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          Lenten Reflection March 30

          Exodus 32:7-14; Psalm 106:19-20, 21-22, 23; John 5:31-47


          Nestled among today’s readings, John 3:16 could quite possibly be the most proof-texted sentence in history: “God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might have eternal life.”

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          In praying over today’s readings, and after experiencing the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, a question that won’t leave my heart is, what am I actually willing to sacrifice for my Lord? This question makes me profoundly uncomfortable. Will God confront me as He did Moses? To what lengths am I willing to go to live out my faith?

          I might be able to give up petty comforts like coffee for forty days, but am I ready to risk the discomfort that comes from truly challenging injustice? What does it mean to build the Kingdom on earth? I like to think that I am a faithful believer, but to what lengths will my faith ask me to go? I find myself with more questions than certitude.

          All of our readings today remind us that we are the children of a loving God who is passionately involved in our own lives. May we all live out our faith in a way that is worthy of the ultimate sacrifice.


          Madeline Vitek is Associate Director for Mission.

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