First Week of Lent 2021
God is like that showing His ultimate Virtues to creation including human race. The history of Noah from the book of Genesis will help us to know how God is unconditionally everything. The Noah story begins with a notice of the depravity of the people. “When the Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on earth was, and how no desire that his heart conceived was ever anything but evil, he regretted that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was grieved.” Even still, the goodness of one man, Noah, kept God from destroying mankind. He protected Noah’s family and his creation from the flood. The main point is that God will not give up on man. This is the covenant with Noah and us. God will not give up on us.
The deluge reminds us of the fact that man’s disobedience and disloyalty to the divine Creator who fashioned all and presented gifts of body and mind to humanity as His own, and on the other side the magnanimity and the infinite forgiving mercy of God. He establishes a covenant with Noah, his family and all creatures that came out of the ark. When clouds gather on the sky as it happened before the floods, Noah and his descendants have no need to fear. Among the clouds they will see the colors of the rainbow assuring them that God is mindful of them and of the covenant of life he had promised.
Speaking of God’s promise of Rainbow, the covenant of God and creation specifies the steadfast care of God in mercy and life. To know this, we should also understand a little bit of how a rainbow is formed. A rainbow is a meteorological phenomenon that is caused by reflection, refraction, and dispersion of light in water droplets resulting in a spectrum of light appearing in the sky.
Light enters a water droplet, slowing down and bending as it goes from air to denser water. The light reflects off the inside of the droplet, separating into its component wavelengths. When light exits the droplet, it makes a rainbow.
God’s amazing graces entering the lower surface, the human race, to go through to have the covenant of God, the unconditional, inseparable union. That is the Rainbow of the Lord, that’s the Bow of the Lord. We can see similar Covenantal Relationships throughout Salvation history. It is also explicit that He never made Contracts but always Covenants considering humanity as equal to Him. Because that is what we are! His amazing image, the Most beautiful of everything.
By this bow, God promised Noah and us that he will never give up on us. He loves us too much to give us up. No matter what our particular temptation in life is, we can withstand it as long as we face up to it with Him. We must take responsibility for our actions. Although we are tempted continually and failed in the past, we have no right to give up on ourselves. We have no right to beat our personalities into submission and consider ourselves unfit to do the right thing. If God refuses to give up on us, then what right do we have to give up on ourselves? We can do it. If we reflect on how easy it is for us to slip into our old habits and have that negative thought that we have no chance of changing, then we have only to look at the Rainbow, keep the Covenant, tireless consistent love of God and know that God will never give up on us. We can change. We must change.
The temptation story of Jesus shows that we can do it. Lenten season is an opportunity to become family of Noah that God will care, protect, and love. Let this Lent for us be a building of Noah’s Arc, the Kingdom Jesus purchased. His love for us makes it possible.
Let the spectrum of Light reflect and shine on us.