March 20, 2014
THURSDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK OF LENT
Jeremiah 17:5-10 * Luke 16:19-31
Our Christian faith is founded and dependent upon our hope in the Lord, Jesus Christ. Jeremiah highlights the vacancy that exists within the soul of a man who is not trusting in the Lord. His life will be empty, contrasted to the life of a man who trusts and hopes in God. His soul will be full.
In the Gospel, Jesus points out that this does not mean that the lives of the faithful will be easy or without trials. Lazarus lived as a social outcast not knowing where his next meal would come from, but his hope was planted firmly in the Lord. This is contrasted with the rich man, who lived lavishly, but failed to place his hope in the Lord. As a result, the earthly pleasures and treasures that he enjoyed counted for naught after his death.
Do we put our hope in the Lord? Do we truly place all of our hopes, desires, wants, successes, failures, dreams, pains, joys, and disappointments in the hands of our Savior? Or do we hold onto some secret sin or misconception that we have about ourselves, thereby failing to place all of our trust in the Lord? We have the opportunity to follow the example of our Blessed Mother and also say “be it done unto me according to thy word.” We can also look to our Lord Jesus Christ, who said, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, thy will be done.”
- How can we place our hope in the Lord?
- How can I actively live out this hope?
- How can I ask God to help me place all of my hope in him?
Class of 2012
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.