In today’s first reading for the first Sunday of Lent, we are given the opportunity to reflect on the story of Noah (Gen 9:8-15.)
We do not know when the story of Noah took place, except that it happened after sin entered into our world. Men had become very violent and corrupted. Noah -- blameless among his peers -- finds favor with God. So God says that He is going to destroy the world by flood, but He will save Noah and His family.
Now, the Bible tells us that the great flood covered the entire earth -- the greatest disaster in human history. Nothing else has even come close. The Flood waters rose above all the world’s mountains. The Earth’s crust heaved and buckled unleashing terrible volcanic eruptions and massive earthquakes like the world has never seen before or since.
All cities were totally destroyed. The rains continued for forty days, and the earth continued to shake causing huge tsunami waves to sweep across the sinking land. So great was the destruction that every human being died, along with millions of animals and plants.
The only people spared were Noah’s faithful family. God had prepared Noah and his family for this great disaster because Noah and his family sought God.
After this great disaster, God promises Noah that He will never again destroy the world by flood. He enjoins Noah to repopulate the earth and enjoy all God’s blessings.
|Fr. John Paul Shea|
Our Lord is calling everyone into His Church so that all peoples will be saved. Yet, there are many who are shunning this boat of salvation because they do not want to change their ways.
In the end, we do not know how many will be saved, but our Lord has indicated that it will be few.
In the Gospel of Luke, someone asks our Lord how many will be saved. Our Lord answers by saying, “strive to enter the narrow gate…”
Again, in the Gospel of Matthew, Our Lord says, “Many are invited, but few are chosen.”
Again in the Gospel of Matthew, Our Lord says, “Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father, who is in Heaven.'”
The tides of the world today want to overwhelm our Church. The spirit of the world strives to puncture holes into the Bark of Peter through its influence of immorality so that the Ark of Christ will sink!
|Bark of St. Peter|
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