A message from the Catholic Church Lenten Campaign – Fourth Week

Behold the true Light and return to the Father’s house

In video that went viral online, a young Albert Einstein is depicted discussing with a professor over the question of whether God created evil went viral online. There was a remarkable insight: “Darkness does not exist, it corresponds merely to the state where light is absent. Evil is not present in the human heart, it is not created by God; like darkness, evil is found in one’s heart due to the absence of God.”

In times of adversity or prosperity, to succumb to one’s vulnerability, to fall out of faith, and to commit crimes is part of human nature. Crime is the ground of evil. When men become slaves to their sins, they walk away from eternal light and enter an abyss in their present lives. 

We begin life in God through baptism. It marks a transformation from drifting in the abyss to being a Child of Light. This Lenten period is an opportunity to repent and reconnect with Christ. It is a time when God shows his mercy in reaching out to all sinners through his call for observance and repentance. “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you” (Ephesians 5:14). 

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At the outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic, people rushed to snatch and hoard provisions in unthinking panic. Fear and self-centredness lead people living in the darkness. Light will emerge by virtue of acts of mutual support and care, with trust in God and the true love of the resurrected Christ.

Christ is the true light of the world, he guides our souls to follow the eternal light to the Father’s house through his death and resurrection.

God gives us strength to turn away from bad habits, to live in his light and be true followers! As the True Light shines on you, do your reflect that light to others? 

Faith without works is empty. No matter what our present situation, true faith moves us to engage in spiritual and material sharing in the name of the Lord.

Lenten Campaign Organising Committee, 2020

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