5th Sunday In Lent - Sunday, March 18, 2018

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Father Jim Valk

March 16, 2018

There was a woman who was often short of breath and she started having pains in her arms and chest.  She finally went to the doctor and after being admitted to the hospital, she was told that she was placed on the transplant list.  She asked what the criterion was for a new heart.  The doctor told her, “You need one!” 

In our spiritual journeys, we all need a new heart—one that is open to the love that God longs to pour into our lives.  Jeremiah talks about how God will inscribe God’s Law into the heart of Israel.  This Law is not to be understood as a list of commands, but as a path to walk so that Israel will be in loving relationship with God and others.    

 This time of Lent is an opportunity for us to embrace the love of God to the point that it flows through our veins, just as blood flows from our heart throughout our bodies.  This acceptance of God’s love will transform us so that the “old self” dies and we become a “new creation in Christ.”  Transformed in this way, we will begin to love others, not as human beings are inclined to love, but as God loves.