“The Lord is compassion and love”
As we draw deeper into Lent our readings and Liturgy remind us to stay close to our ever present and all loving God through prayer, fasting and reaching out to others.
In the First Reading, God reveals to Moses his true identity – “ I Am who I Am’. These simple words reveal a profound truth that God is the essence of existence, fully present to us yet beyond the confines of any human descriptions. God shares with Moses his desire to free his people from slavery and suffering.
Psalm 102 proclaims that God is compassion and love, slow to anger and rich in mercy
It is through this spirit of love and mercy that we can better understand the warnings from St Paul in the Second Reading who reminds the Corinthians to stay alert. It can be easy to take our faith for granted and by doing so we can turn away from our God who is the source of all life and who desires to save, guide and sustain us.
Luke’s Gospel teaches us that Jesus has been sent to tend and nurture our souls. We are always given a chance to turn again to God: “So strong is his love for those who fear (love) him” (Ps.102)