The second reading at Mass on Sunday, the first Sunday of Lent, speaks of the word, the living word, that is living faith.
Scripture says: The word (that is the faith we proclaim) is very near to you, it is on your lips and in your heart.
If your lips confess that Jesus is Lord and if you believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, then you will be saved.
By believing from the heart you are made righteous; by confessing with your lips you are saved.
When scripture says: those who believe in him will have no cause for shame, it makes no distinction between Jew and Greek: all belong to the same Lord who is rich enough, however many ask his help, for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
To hear the word, to receive it, is to receive life.
To hear and receive the word is to have life for oneself and life to share with others.
To hear the word this way is to be restored to the world made whole, reconciled with the living Lord of All.
The scripture of Sunday reminds that our faith is not restricted to the detail of this or that act – sinful or gracious; or an individual life, or community or culture. It is cosmic in its scope, about the healing of all creation.
- How do you understand your place in the bigger picture?
Sacred Heart, parish church of Colombiers, France. (c) 2015, Allen Morris.