Lent, a Time to Draw Near to God

Homily for The First Sunday of Lent 2021

My sisters and brothers in Christ,

What are you doing with Jesus in your life? Is he someone or something that you put on a shelf and only take out at Christmas and Easter?

Today’s readings are about relationship with God. The first two remind us of the Old Testament Covenants, and the Gospel shows us an example of a purpose driven journey to seek God.

Where are you on your own journey, your walk in faith?

Part of our Lenten needs to be deepening our awareness that we people who have a Covenant with the Living God. We are not just people who believe in God. We are a people sought out by God, a people formed by God and a people with a special love relationship with God. Only when we are deeply aware of His love for us can we truly begin to do penance in a Christian way.

The first reading today is from the Book of Genesis and recounts the establishment of the Covenant with Noah and his descendants. Many times in the history of the Chosen People, God has made Covenants. These Covenants mark important events in the life of the Chosen People and are a sign of God’s choosing this people and remaining faithful to His choice. What happens always is that God remains faithful to the Covenant and we do not. Yet we are called to look back at these Covenants and to let God change our faithlessness to faithfulness.

The second