God of the Living

Not a God of the Dead, but of the Living

My Dear Parishioners,

MID-LENT CHECK-IN

God says to Moses, “This is what you shall tell the Israelites: I AM sent me to you…The LORD, the God of your [ancestors], the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob” (Exodus 3:14, 15).

As Jesus would later say, God is not a God of the dead, but of the living, and so we believe that the dead will one day rise.

At this midpoint of Lent, we pause to consider how our repentance is leading us to the Resurrection, to our reunion with the great “I AM.” Part of our repentance involves working to secure justice for all and helping our neighbor to live in
God’s ways. We encourage each other and nurture each other, like the compassionate gardener of today’s Gospel, who tells the owner of the orchard that he will nurture the tree, fertilize it, and perhaps it will bear fruit.

Praying for a fruitful Lenten season for you and your families, I remain sincerely yours in our Crucified Savior,
Fr. David J. Kozak