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 6, 2013
Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent
Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9 * Matthew 5:17-19
This brief Gospel is when Jesus found Simon Peter and Andrew in their daily labor: fishing. During their work at the Sea of Galilee, Jesus invites them to become fishers of men and follow him.
Most of us are familiar with this brief Gospel. While we think of this event as something that happened “then,” we rarely consider how Simon Peter and Andrew felt when Jesus approached them. They probably were not expecting God in the form of man to approach them in the midst of their work, much less to receive the invitation to follow him. Yet, they accepted his invitation.
As we all know, they eventually became the first major leaders in the Church. Jesus’ invitation “then” not only applies to them, but it transcends time. Jesus calls us every day in the midst of our daily labor. Our individual vocations range from becoming major leaders in the Church to simply living according to God’s will; however, today’s duty is to offer our work for the glory of God. He, then, will perfect it and lead us closer to him in our ultimate vocation.
This Lenten season is the perfect opportunity to not only reflect and repent, but also to have a keen sense of hearing Jesus’ call in our lives so that we too will follow him in our daily duties.
Have I heard Jesus’ call to follow him today?
How is Jesus calling me to serve him in my daily work?