4th Sunday in Lent

St. Pius X | News
9 Mar 2018

Today’s Gospel passage contains probably the most well known and quoted verse in the whole Bible: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.   This is from John, Chapter 3, verse 16.  It is in this verse that we find the doctrine of Justification.  Justification is the forgiveness of our sins.  It is also the sanctification and renewal of our interior selves.  It is through our faith in the saving work of Jesus Christ that we are forgiven and healed.  And this very faith is also a free gift from God.  All is gift.  All is grace.  We have this notion of paying our debt to society.  Sometimes we apply this same notion to God.  We want to pay our debt to God.  We want to feel that WE have made ourselves right with God.  No, that is not the case.  Jesus Christ has done that work for us.  Our selection from the letter to the Ephesians is very clear about that.  It says: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.  This is not the result of works so that no one may boast.  For we are what he has made us…”  When we compare our sins with the love of God, there is no contest.  And so our Lenten season is calling us to have complete trust in the goodness and forgiveness of the God who sent his only son to save us from ourselves.