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Out Of The Fire


Reflection on Mass Reading for April 10, 2019

By now there are many of us who could agree with the marvelous assessment of those deep within the fire bravely and accurately uttered by the three young men hurled into the hottest of all possible flames in today’s First Reading: “If our God, whom we serve, can save us from the white-hot furnace and from your hands, O king, may he save us!” Our specific take on this observation would need to be tweaked just a little: If our beautiful and merciful Lord preserved us during these days of Lent then He can do even greater things! This much is certainly true and we have only a couple of more weeks, until the fulfillment of the Easter promise of Resurrection will be ours in abundance. We just need to hold on to this truth in our lives. 

“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.” And this is the truth: God loves us so much that He even wants us to be better with every passing day, especially the passing days of our Lenting this year. The Lord has been, is today and will always be at our side assisting us in our daily struggle to become more like Jesus in every way possible. This is the bright promise of Easter made during the somewhat dark, at least purple, days of Lent. If we accept this truth, the consequences are literally out of this world. 

The difference between a good life and a bad life is how well you walk through the fire. C. G. Jung

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