by Cindy Wenninghoff, Notre Dame Associate
When we think of the season of Lent, we often concentrate on the fasting and sacrifice of these forty days. But Sunday’s readings provide us the hope we need to see the wonderful future ahead of us.
We see it in Abram, who at an old age is told to leave his home, to trust in God, that He will lead him to a new and better place with joys beyond imagination. It took great faith, to just leave everything behind and follow God’s words. He was very old, and it had to be very difficult for him, but God kept his promise to Abram.
Then in the Gospel, as Jesus is with His disciples, God shows them Jesus as our Lord, and tells us to listen to Him. He is the way to new life. Just as Abram followed God’s word, we too will find great joy in following Jesus’ word. What a great gift in this reading, to be shown God’s glory and reminded “not to be afraid” of what lies ahead. Lent is a season of sacrifice, but also of much hope.