A Second Look: Saved Through Water

1st Sunday of Lent (B)

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The prayer and fasting we undertake during Lent is meant to emulate Jesus’ forty days fasting in the desert before the start of His public ministry. So it makes sense that on the first Sunday of Lent our gospel reading would tell of Jesus’ time in the desert where He was tempted by Satan. But we may be surprised to hear in our first reading about Noah and the flood, and God setting a rainbow in the sky as a sign of His covenant. When we think of Lent, we don’t often think of rainbows. But maybe we should. The rainbow is God’s sign of new life after death. This is very much what Lent is about.

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Thinking As God Thinks

22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time (A)

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Last Sunday we read in the gospel of how Peter was the Rock upon which Jesus builds the Church. In this Sunday’s gospel, just a few verses later, Jesus rebukes Peter, saying, “Get behind me, Satan!” What happened? Why does Jesus suddenly have such a different attitude about Peter? In truth, Jesus hasn’t changed His mind about Peter. Peter remains the Rock upon which the Church is founded. It is Peter who, in this moment, has changed his mind in that he is no longer thinking like God thinks.

God has a way of shattering our preconceptions. He’s not bound by our expectations. He doesn’t operate according to our rules. As C. S. Lewis said of Him (under the guise of Aslan) in The Chronicles of Narnia, “He’s not a tame lion.” 

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