March 15, 2014
SATURDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK OF LENT
Deuteronomy 26:16-19 * Matthew 5:43-48
I have heard people say with pity or contempt, “Oh, you Christians, you have so many rules to follow. Your religion is so strict,” as if our faith is terribly burdensome.
On the contrary, God’s law is perfect, refreshes our soul, and sets us free. Psalm 119 speaks of how the Israelites delighted in God’s law and his promises. Were they delighting in rules imposed upon them? Or rather, were they rejoicing in the fact that God so cared for them that he wants to teach them how to be his followers, his very own people?
In the Gospel, Jesus calls us further to “love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you.” This is difficult, but it is so necessary because Jesus is teaching us how to love as he loves! We are learning to love with a love that is unmistakably of God—because it is a love that surpasses mere human strength. We cannot do this on our own, but only through friendship with Jesus. The closer we are to him, the more we can love with his very own Love. Praise God, who loves us so much that he wants us to be holy as he is holy!
- Do I become discouraged when I fail to follow God’s commandments to love? Or, do I continue to seek communion and friendship with Jesus, trusting that the more united I am with him, the more my love will conform to his own?
Class of 2014
Major: Math with a minor in Spanish
Future Plans: Only God knows as of right now.
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.