Lent is about renewing our Baptisms, through which God has written a personal, covenant relationship with Jesus Christ on our hearts.
In Lent, we examine our lives in order to restore our part of the baptismal covenant--our relationship with God in Christ.
The gap between inner conviction and external action saddened and angered Jesus. He urges us to live out the commandments--not just put on an exterior display.
A commitment between two people calls for faithfulness until the end--no matter how difficult things get.
The Lenten penances we choose are signs of "covenant renewal"--our pledge to deepen our commitment of love and service.
How is Jesus calling us to re-connect to the community of believers? We're invited to lay aside our isolation and witness to one another what Christ has done for us.
Each time Jesus' journey brings him face to face with evil, he proves himself to be its master--the one who brings God's forgiveness.
Hidden in the Gospel story is the unspoken question: Will we listen to Jesus? Will we choose to be part of his world--the Kingdom of God?
God calls each of us--even if we're reluctant prophets like Jonah. God always offers us yet another opportunity for a change of heart.
Perhaps we should take a cue from John the Baptist, Andrew, and the other disciples. What might we tell others about Jesus?