St. Mary's Catholic Center has put together a Lenten reflection booklet which we handed out on Ash Wed. Most were written by students and a few by staff. Here is today's reflection:
February 18, 2013
Monday of the First Week of Lent
Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18 * Matthew 25:31-46
In the first reading, Moses reminds the Israelites about the love of God manifested in his liberation of the people when they left Egypt. For each of us, God also has an equally dramatic liberation–liberation from sin, sorrow and loneliness. We have many reasons, more than the ancient Israelites, to praise God and to offer him our lives. He created us and redeemed us as proof of his immense love. The text describes “the feast of the first fruits,” in which every Israelite is presented to the priest as a member of a people who has received the gift of the earth. In worship, Israel manifests her faith, and confesses that God has intervened in history in her favor. The rite invokes memory and thanksgiving to God who acts in the world. The offering of the first fruits of the soil expressed gratitude for the fulfillment of the promise land.
In life, there are moments when we forget all about the blessings in our lives because we are so busy lamenting the on suffering. Let us take this time of Lent to withdraw from all the temptations around us and, like Jesus, go to our own desert, where we will fight to dominate those things that tempt us to sin and forget to praise our Lord for all our blessings.