Reflections: 18th February 2018

A Reflection for the First Sunday of Lent

MK 1: 12-15 (  )

As we begin the season of Lent we are reminded of the covenant that God made with all living things and beings. It was a covenant of Love “I shall recall the covenant I made with you and all living creatures, in a word all living things …never again will the waters become a flood and destroy all living things” (Gen 9:15).

What does this mean for us today in a world where most things are transient and rapidly changing?  Can we remember promises made in the past between us and loved ones, promises we made to communities, to people in our lifetime, to God, Jesus, the Spirit?

  • When these were made, what was the context and how did we feel? Yes, ‘feel’.
  • Were we sincere, full of emotions and expectations?
  • Did our promise give us hope for a brighter tomorrow?
  • Were we filled with love for another, for God, for the people, for a land that we had come to call our own?
  • What sign was given us - a rainbow, a cross, a pin, a ring, a handshake, a hug, a blessing, a kiss?

Promises/covenants are seldom made in isolation; they invariably involve another and in turn others, indeed all of creation. As life unfolds, these promises take on new meaning, and sometimes are ongoing tests of our sincerity.

In this season of Lent let us remember these life promises and be renewed with love and hope for a better tomorrow, let us recall our sincere intentions when making these promises and may these memories renew us and keep us steadfast as we strive to live with integrity and love for others and for all creation.

Sharon FongKong Foran – Now living in Ireland, Sharon has over 30 years of experience in the education sector in Jamaica and in the USA.