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  • Fr. Howard Thompson

Lenten Bytes

Our God works assiduously to make all things new (Is. 65:17-18). He allows things to happen that are beyond our comprehension. The biblical depiction of the flood in the days of Noah (Gn. 7:6-24) and the total destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Gn. 19:1-29) are examples of an end that led to a new beginning. The plagues and deaths in Egypt meant the end of a life of slavery for the Hebrews and the anticipation of a fresh life of freedom in the promised land (Ex. 7:14 - 12:50). The healing of the official’s son from sickness to health caused an end to doubt and the start of faith (Jn. 4:47-53). The death of Jesus on the cross signals new life for all who believe (Jn. 3:16). Our normal lives and lifestyle have been disrupted because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The reality of social distancing, the scaling down of business and entertainment activities, the minimising of gatherings and meetings, the restriction of movement and postponing of all Church activities, have effected a temporary ‘end’ to life as we know it. Like the people in the biblical experiences indicated above, things happen which are beyond our control or comprehension. Yet in all moments of time we are called to give thanks to God, because He is not only faithfully present, but also working out His plan to make all things new. Jesus is now calling us to a new level of faith, hope and trust.

Surrender to a new beginning. Lord Jesus, You are the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. Help me to see that the current disruption of life and the temporary end of my routine are being used by You to make me new in my love and faith, and stronger in my trust in You. Amen.


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