Fourth Friday of Lent
‘The godless say to themselves, with their misguided reasoning:
“Our life is short and dreary, nor is there any relief when man’s end comes.”’
It is all too easy to read about the Israelites and the calf they fashioned out of molten metal, and think, “I would never do that! How could anyone worship a lifeless idol? That’s not me.” And yet, perhaps today’s readings challenge me to critically assess my life
It’s hard to comprehend the certainty of God’ coming to us.
Hosea teaches us that God’s coming to us is as “certain as the dawn” and that he will “come as showers come, like spring rains watering the earth”. Reflect on this: each dawn is indeed sure. No matter our turmoil, sunrise always comes.
People often speak of the Lord’s mercy and the Lord’s justice as opposites, or at least some sort of paradox that you need to wrap your head around. Similarly the rigid ‘Law’ that characterised the Jewish faith before Jesus is often contrasted against the new era of grace ushered in by Jesus’ coming.