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"I set my bow in the clouds..."

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It seems fitting that our readings on this First Sunday of Lent begin with the Old Testament Book of Genesis. The book was first called "Genesis" – בְּרֵאשִׁית – in the Greek Septuagint translation, as it presents both the origin of the world and mankind, and in particular, the Hebrew people. The book in Hebrew was known by its opening expression, "In the beginning."

In today's particular reading from Genesis 9, we hear of God's relationship with Noah and his family. God says, "I am now establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you." God goes on to say, "I set my bow (rainbow) in the clouds to serve as a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth, and the bow appears in the clouds, I will recall the covenant I have made between me and you and all living beings."

As is often the case, we have lost sight of the significance of the rainbow in relation to our faith. Yet it is biblically confirmed as a sign from God. Some live in areas where rainbows are common, and others in areas where they are rare. Regardless, there is something divine about a rainbow. When you look up in the sky and see a multi-colored arc looking back at you, you should be filled with wonder. It is a reminder that we live in a world of wonder, of beauty, of adventure. A rainbow should give us hope that life really isn't just about death and taxes, but much, much more. It is a clue to the meaning of the universe and where we stand within it.

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The Touch

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A leper came to Jesus and kneeling down begged him and said, “If you wish, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched him, and said to him, “I do will it. Be made clean.”

I don’t know about you, but I always dread coming to a stop light and seeing, at the side of the road, a man or a woman begging for money. I have the tendency to turn away and look busy. I might even get on my cell phone and pretend to be speaking to someone. What can I do? Often, I don’t carry any money. Would this beggar understand that? Would he look at my collar and believe me or would he lose all faith in Christ and in His Church because of me!

And so for this reason, I turn away.

But there are many who turn away because they don’t want to see these things that are all too real and all very personal. There is a strong tendency in all of us to turn away from the truth; to turn away from guilt; to turn away someone; to turn away from our responsibilities.

Let’s never forget that we carry the name Christian, which means we carry a very specific cross, and that cross has a name. I don’t know what name it is for you, but I am sure you do.

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