March 14, 2014
FRIDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK OF LENT
Ezekiel 18:21-28 * Matthew 5:20-26
We can sense God’s frustration in the first reading. We hear him subtly asking us “You really think you know the best way to live?” However, more than hearing the Lord’s frustration, we hear his desire to bring us back into the reality of himself, and that reality has everything to do with what he wants for us. He is pure love after all, so he’s always thinking about what’s best for us. What he wants is for us to be holy, the-best-version-of-ourselves—that is, saints.
The only way we can become the best-version-of-ourselves is by falling in love with God. This is the dynamic of the first reading. The wicked man turns from his wickedness, out of love for God, and lives, while the virtuous man rejects his love for God, and dies.
This is what the Lenten season is about; falling in love with God and letting him turn us into the best-version-of-ourselves. I know for me, thinking about my Lenten sacrifices in this way makes the season a joyful one because God is giving us a chance to fall even more in love with him! Which is awesome!
- How would I define my relationship with God?
- What keeps me from loving God more? Perhaps vices, an unhealthy relationship, a hectic schedule, a lack of daily prayer?
- Life begins at the end of our comfort zone, and Jesus is the life. How is he specifically calling me outside my comfort zone?
Class Year: 2014
Major: Animal Science
Future Plans: I’m postponing my application to veterinary school in order to be a FOCUS missionary after I graduate.
St. Mary's Catholic Center will post a daily reflection from a student, former student, or staff member every day of Lent. We have compiled these reflections into a handout, given to our students on Ash Wednesday.