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 1, 2013
Friday of the Second Week of Lent
Genesis 37:3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28a * Mathew 21:33-43, 45-46
Put yourself in Joseph’s place. He is his father’s favorite, and has had dreams prophesying his future power over his family. They don’t fully understand, and all of his siblings, naturally, are jealous. As Joseph goes out to meet his family, his flesh and blood, he is taken by them, mistreated, stripped of his clothes and thrown out to die. Then he is sold as a slave. Along with the physical pain associated with his treatment, he was betrayed, humiliated and forsaken.
Our Lord suffered many of the same things and worse. As an upright man, how might have Joseph responded? With an Old Testament understanding of suffering, he might have accepted the suffering as Job did, “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away.” (Job 1:21) He might have trusted as David did: “Even if my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will take me in.” (Psalm 27:10) In our lives, it is the same–we do not understand the ways of the Lord or his workings, but we must persevere and “compete well...finish the race..[and] keep the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7) The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that because we have a union with the passion of Christ; our suffering acquires a new meaning and become a participation in the saving work of Jesus.
What are our current sufferings in our life, both trivial and prodigious?
How can we unite ourselves more closely to Christ’s passion by offering our suffering and hardship to Our Lord, both daily and hourly?