In the Gospel of John Chapter 3 verses 14-21, Jesus explains to Nicodemus “as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert (Numbers 21:7-9) so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” Jesus goes on to teach Nicodemus about God's endless love for His children. God so loved the world, that He sent His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. God's love is so great and incomparable to any other love. God gives us the gift of salvation, life forever, through His beloved Son. Whoever believes and has faith in Him will not come to destruction or be condemned. Jesus did not come into the world to abolish it. God sent Jesus into the world to save it. Salvation comes from the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and if Christ did not rise from the dead we would be without hope and our faith in God would be in vain.
The readings this Lent certainly have been challenging and this week is no exception. One interpretation is that God is just as fickle as God’s people. We are unfaithful and God is angry. We repent and God forgives us; we have faith by God’s grace alone, but we are condemned if we do not believe. We may not be boastful of our good works, but we must not do wicked things. This Lenten desert is confusing.
This Gathering is open to all Religious in Atlantic Canada. The Religious in Atlantic Canada (RAC) Gathering grew out of the Atlantic Formation Conference. We come together annually to explore subjects that have greatest bearing on our common future as religious living in these times. We also work to build the capacity for leadership among the younger generations within religious life. Any who wish to support this exploration are most welcome to join the gathering and be part of the conversation.