In this, the third week of Lent, we often find our resolution beginning to wane. What would it hurt to have just one piece of chocolate, or one little drink? Maybe I'll watch the news tonight, as long as I don't watch any other TV. I know I said I wouldn't gossip, but this is just too juicy to wait until Easter . . .
The Israelites, too, went through periods when their commitment declined, even as God was guiding them through the desert toward the Promised Land. In the Scripture Readings for the Third Week of Lent, we see God forming His covenant with the Chosen People and confirming it with a blood sacrifice. Yet when Moses goes up on Mount Sinai for 40 days to receive the Ten Commandments, the Israelites apostatize, asking Aaron to create a golden calf for them to worship.
How easy it is to forget all the good that God has done for us! During these 40 days, we'll be tempted many times to turn our backs on those Lenten disciplines that we adopted to draw us closer to God. If we simply persevere, however, the reward will be great: the grace that comes from dedicating our lives to Christ.