St. Mary's put together a Lenten reflection booklet which we handed out on Ash Wed. in order to have a daily reflection on the Mass readings for the day. Most of the reflections were written by students (a few by staff). Here is today's reflection:
February 23, 2013
Saturday of the First Week of Lent
Deuteronomy 26:16-19 * Matthew 5:43-48
When God asks something of us, whether it is small or big, we usually don’t understand why or what will come from his request. In this reading from Deuteronomy, we witness how adamantly the Lord wants us to follow his commands. Why is he so insistent? He wants to show us that only by following his decrees will we be happy! By trying to live out the commandments and ultimately by trying to love, we are filled with the peace of knowing that we are loved by the Father and that his love is so inspiring and so real. We come to draw closer to him and seek out more ways to say “Yes!” to him. A chain reaction occurs once you see that the God of the universe is calling you to be his child of honorable virtue. There is truly a reason the Psalmist says “Truly I love your commandments more than gold, more than the finest gold.” (119:127)
Have you recently been joyful as a result of following The Ten Commandments, or just deciding to do a simple act of love?
Has saying “yes” ever led you to do something further for the Lord?
How do you learn to trust God more?