Thursday, March 7, 2013

Lenten Reflection For Thursday, March 7


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:
March 7, 2013
Thursday of the Third Week of Lent

Jeremiah 7:23-28 * Luke 11:14-23

It seems that in the Gospels that the one group of people most resistant to Jesus’ teachings is the Pharisees. These men have their own set of preconceived notions about truth, morality, and God; and they see Jesus as a challenge to their beliefs and authority. Their questions for Jesus are an attempt to trap and discredit him.

Often times we have our own preconceived notions about God and his will for us. Sometimes these preconceived ideas conflict with the divinely inspired wisdom and teaching of the Church. In these circumstances, Jesus’ words “whoever is not for me is against me” may seem hostile, and we may develop a false image of God as a domineering control freak. This could not be further from the truth. Everything that Jesus tells us through his Church is for our greatest good, and for his glory: an end for which we are all created. We, the faithful flock of Christ, must be willing to seek God with an open heart, even when our opinions are challenged by him. We must be willing to admit that we, as human individuals, are not perfect, and are in need of guidance. Jesus says in the Gospel that to be his disciples we must “deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow him.” When we allow the Holy Spirit to dwell in us and guide us, we will partake in that abundant life to which we are called by God.

Am I open to the will of God and to obedience to the teachings of the holy Catholic Church?

Do I make an effort to study and understand what the Church teaches and why?

Do I faithfully proclaim the message of Christ to the world through my words and deeds?

J.S.

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