The season of Lent is clearly the most serious time of the church year. In what sense? In the sense that we are asked to wake up and recognize our part in salvation! Although Christ clearly died and rose again for the salvation of all He nevertheless asks something from each of us in response, if we are to personally benefit from His saving action.
There is nothing automatic about it. He does not save us in spite of ourselves. Or perhaps better said, He does not save us in spite of lives lived in defiance of, or even in avoidance of His desire for a trusting and loving response to His Will. How often do we pray: Thy Will be done on earth; as it is in heaven? That means by us!
Today’s reading reminds us that God is the creator and sustainer of all that exists in the world. The personal history of humanity, as a whole, is one of transgression of His Will yet, St. Paul reminds us we are offered a gift (of forgiveness) if only we will repent and amend our ways.
Lent is a season not only to reflect on this truth, but also to take the necessary steps to properly align our petulant wills with His. It means following the example of Jesus and saying no (repeatedly) to the Devil.