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 26, 2013
Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent
Isaiah 1: 10, 16-20 * Matthew 23: 1-12
In today’s Gospel, Jesus reminds us that he is calling us to be servants for one another. He tells us that the Pharisees are in seats of power, but they have not put into action what they preach. We see that the Pharisees abuse their place of authority by living as hypocrites. So often, we too might find ourselves living as the Pharisees. It might be easier to say we “believe” in the Christ and his teachings than to actively live as a Christian. However, Jesus does not want followers who merely appear to be living out his calling. Jesus desires for us to live out his ministry in our words, actions, and interactions with others in everyday life. He never says we will be recognized here on earth and or that picking up our cross and following him is easy, but he does tell us that he is with us every step of the way.
Now is the perfect time to truly offer up our worldly desire to Christ. Through confession, we are cleansed of our sins–the times we might have fallen as the Pharisees. In Holy Communion, we are strengthened by his Holy Spirit to live out his vocation in our lives. If we trust in him, we will find that he provides what we need in every circumstance. I pray that you will take this Lenten season as an opportunity to listen and be guided by the Holy Spirit to live out his call in your life.
What is God calling me to do?
What is holding me back from this deeper relationship with God?
Have I frequented the sacraments or Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in order to be strengthened and guided by Christ?