Weekend Reflections for 3/9/18
John 3:16. Everyone has seen it, whether at a football game or elsewhere. It is a pivotal passage of Scripture, and part of this Sunday's gospel: "God so loved the world that he gave his only Son." Mind-boggling! Instead of letting us pay the price for our own sin, God the Father and God the Son took it upon themselves. For what father would not find it excruciating to see his only-begotten son be crucified without cause? And what special son would choose to let it happen to himself for the sake of guilty sinners? Imagine yourself serving life in prison, by choice, for someone else so that they could go free.
But salvation is not just a simple exchange to where God pays the debt on the cross and I go free. No, there is something required of me also--the gaze of faith. The bronze serpent in the desert had absolutely no power of itself to cure the bitten, but only the gaze of faith. So too we are not saved willy-nilly by God's self-gift on the cross, but only by the gaze of faith.
"God so loved the world...so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life." Let us look upon the crucifix during this Lent with a new gaze of faith. Let us sign ourselves in wonder with the sign of our salvation.
Fr. Anthony Wieck, S.J.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THOSE ON RETREAT THIS WEEK AS WELL AS OUR DECEASED RETREATANTS.
PLEASE PRAY FOR PEACE IN OUR COMMUNITY
WOMEN'S RETREAT WITH SPACE:
March 19-22 with Fr. Anthony Wieck, S.J.