For He So Loved the World…

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Alicia Ventura, Staff Writer

Paul the Apostle writes, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).

As Lent comes to an end, we should all be thinking: How have I gotten closer to God? Have I taken the time to improve my prayer life? What of the lenten promises I made at the beginning of Lent?

Praying the rosary and reading Scripture are both great ways to get closer to God.
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In the end, it does not matter what you gave up and for how long, but how it changed you and how you are going to continue to get closer to God for the rest of the year.

That being said, juniors in their Religion classes were able to take the time during the class and write in their journals about how the quarantined life has affected their Lenten experiences.

One junior in particular (who chose to remain anonymous) compared being in quarantine to Jesus’ 40 days in the desert. She further explained how despite being deprived of seeing loved ones and going to Mass, it is time for prayer and reflection. She wrote, “It provides isolation to reflect on our purpose and on our beliefs…[being quarantined] provides us with freedom from the fast pace of daily life…It gives us time to reflect on the state of the world and our role in it. It makes it clear what really matters in our lives.”

Just as this particular junior stated, we should find it easier to figure out what our priorities are and what is truly important here on Earth.

We are all pilgrims on a journey—a journey to get home, Heaven. It is important that we understand that everything here on Earth is only temporary and will soon fade away. It is important that we realize that the only thing that remains forever is God and his love for everyone in the world.

Marlisa Meijerink conveyed this same message when she wrote in her reflection, “Although there is no mass on Sundays or during Easter, we should still be aware of why God died on the cross for us and trust that God will lead us to the end of this tragic time so us, as one population, can come together and know that the world can get through anything if we are one.”

Amidst this chaos and extra time, the Church must set their eyes and their hearts on the beauty of Christ’s passion and death. We might not all be together, but through the perfection of God’s love for each and every one of us, we are united.

We know this to be true because it is written in the Gospel of John, “I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me” (John 17:22-23).

Everything happens for a reason. We might not know the reason behind every confusing occurrence, but we have to trust that God is only bringing us closer to Him.

So, at the end of this Lenten season, let go of what is holding you back from God. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16) and 2020 years later, he stopped the world right in its tracks and gave his children the time they needed to find him.