The old testament, particularly the story of Moses and the liberation of God's people, is a manifestation of the overwhelming presence of God and His benevolence towards His people. Under the leadership of Moses, God led the Israelites to the promise land. This pre-shadowed the Messianic mission of Jesus who will liberate the people of God from the bondage of sin through His own death and through His resurrection lead the Church, the new people of God, to the new promised land, which is heaven.
Saint Paul, experiencing the fullness of the Paschal Mystery exhorts the early Church to stay focused on the salvation brought forth by Jesus. He was the one who alluded the significance of the event in the old testament as foreshadowing of the events in the new testament surrounding the life and death of the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
As we continue to reflect on the significance of Lent in our spirituality, let the words of Jesus echo in us today: ‘Unless you repent you will all perish’. That might sound scary but Jesus' word is LOVE. Jesus' call to conversion is a call out of love and mercy and compassion. As we ponder Lent’s invitation to a deeper Christian commitment, we do so embraced by the compassionate and loving God. Amen.