‘For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.’ (2 Cor 4:6-7)
As we begin our journey towards Easter this year, we are reminded by St Paul that we carry the treasure of the light of Jesus Christ in jars of clay. We are weak, frail human beings who must remember that we are dust, and to dust we shall return. This gives us a healthy perspective about ourselves, God and other people, and of our urgent need to repent and believe the good news of Jesus.
As we humble ourselves through fasting, prayer and repentance during this season of Lent, we are assured of God’s forgiving grace and presence as He shines the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ in our hearts. This gives us hope against the darkness in the world at this difficult time which is the theme of our Lent reflections this year.
May the Lord bless us with the grace of humility, patience and perseverance as we continue this journey together with Jesus on the long road to Jerusalem, the place of his suffering, death and glorious resurrection which we celebrate at Easter!
What things do I need to repent (change my way of thinking) of as I start this journey?
How can I encourage others on this journey this week?