thoughts and observations on the daily readings
Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent
The readings may be found here
The season of Lent is a season of truth-telling. The season begins with the darkest truth – we are dust and unto dust we will return. We are creatures, we are unable to save ourselves from our frailty and our mortality. We are sinners, we are unable to justify ourselves. These hard truths would be overwhelming but for the other truths we hear during this season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. We hear the truth that God is faithful and that the Lord Who formed us from the dust wishes for us light and life. In the passage from the Prophet Daniel, this God delivers three righteous youths from the fiery furnace and offers hope that God never forgets nor abandons us.
The ultimate truth telling at this time of year is more than a message, it is a Person, Jesus Christ. In the passage from the Gospel of John we hear the Lord say:
“If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples,
and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
The harsh truth that we cannot save ourselves is overcome by the promise of the God Who would save us from sin and death. Lent prepares us for this overwhelming news of the Grace of God Who is Love revealed in the words, deeds, and perfect self-offering of the Beloved Son. He is Truth – the Truth that sets us free.