Jesus is the Father's perfect image of a shepherd who actually laid down his life for his sheep, whether they are strong or weak, good or bad.
In the end all will be judged. The good receive their eternal reward. Those who caused suffering and pain in the lives of others will see their own lives as they really were.
It's probably not difficult to recall times in our life's journey when we were lost and wayward. We really needed to be found again through God's love and care.
The bond of marriage is one of the most sacred bonds and contract any two people can make. Successful marriages don't just happen by chance.
The "Kingdom of God" is God's gift to us. It is not something we create or achieve by our own efforts. It is part and parcel of the gift of life and care God gives to us.
Marriage is truly a vocation that presents to each partner a life of great joys and happiness. Jesus is very clear that marriage is for keeps.
Jesus' words remind us that what God asks of us, he promises the strength and fortitude to see it through.
The real disciple of Jesus is one who rejoices in the good things anyone does for another. God is pleased, and so should we all be.
Lent is a time to take stock of our lives and show God that we are grateful for the gift of faith. By Jim Van Vurst, OFM
Friar Jim Van Vurst, OFM, offers insight and wisdom to this holy season.