A week from tonight we will celebrate Easter Vigil, the glorious beginning of the Easter season. We have been fasting, giving alms, and praying for over thirty days. As Jesus did in the desert, we have overcome many temptations of the evil one this Lent. We have also gone to Confession and repented of our sins.
What is the point of all God has done in our lives this Lent? The Lord intends "to bring all things in the heavens and on earth into one under Christ's headship" (Eph 1:10). Jesus died on the cross "to gather into one all the dispersed children of God" (Jn 11:52). "There is but one body and one Spirit, just as there is but one hope given all of you by your call. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all" (Eph 4:4-6). At this moment, Jesus is praying that we would be one as He and the Father are one (Jn 17:21). Then the world will believe that the Father has sent Jesus (Jn 17:21).
Lent should result in a deeper unity with God our Father through Jesus and in the Spirit. As we near the end of Lent, we should be more united than ever to the Church, our brothers and sisters in Christ, spouses, parents, children, and friends. We must be of "one heart and one mind" (Acts 4:32) to bear witness with power "to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus" (Acts 4:33).
|Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant the Nihil Obstat ("Permission to Publish") for One Bread, One Body covering the period from February 1, 2010 through March 31, 2010.
†Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 26, 2009.