LJ2021 – Day 4 – Perseverance

Welcome to the the Lenten Journey 2021: Faith in a Post Pandemic World


Daily meditations during the Lenten Season
by Fr. Vazken Movsesian


Day 4: Perseverance

And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? – Jesus (Luke 18)

A foreign object – a rover – landed on Martian soil today. The rover’s name is Perseverance. It was sent to Mars last year by NASA and arrived today. They selected its name as “a testament to the spirit that got the mission off the ground and on its way to Mars,” says NASA. For millennia, humans have looked up to the heavens and wondered what those bright lights at night meant. During the last couple of millennia, humans have mapped those heavens and only dreamed of what might be up there. It was only during the last century that engines and propulsions made the impossible seem and become possible. Today, we look at all we have in front of us, seemingly impossible missions, such as the softening of the human heart, the loving of neighbors and changing “swords into plowshares.” (Isaiah 2:4) Perseverance is the human spirit not giving up on a dream.
Image: NASA – Perseverance rover lands today. 
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