Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Lenten Reflection for Wednesday, April 9


April 9, 2014
WEDNESDAY OF THE FIFTH WEEK OF LENT

Daniel 3:14-20, 91-92, 95 * John 8:31-42

“And the truth will set you free.” This phrase that Jesus speaks in today’s Gospel has become clichéd in our society, but what does it really mean? Imagine you are sitting in front of a piano. You have no musical background whatsoever, and you have never even touched a piano before. Now try playing the piano. Without any experience or guidance, no matter how hard you hit at the keys, you can only make noise, not music.

Now, imagine watching a world-renowned pianist. Years of study and practice give him the musical expertise necessary to glide along the keys and play beautiful songs that resonate with your soul. This pianist is able to play such enchanting music because he understands the rules of playing the piano. This lets him explore, dream, discover, and even create new melodies. We too we need rules in our lives to live in peace and create harmony. If we can realize this truth, then we can understand that it comes from Love himself, and we can truly be free to live and to love as he does.

  • What are some examples of rules that have been imposed on me by parents, society, professors, etc. that I may have disliked at the time, but were for the best?
  • What obstacles in my life are preventing me from being free to choose the good? (Sins? Attachments to school? Work? Boyfriend/girlfriend? Food? Possessions?)
  • Create a specific resolution to help overcome your biggest obstacle.

Tran Ngo
Class of 2015
Major: Accounting
Future Plans: I want to get my CPA license and work at a non-profit.

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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.

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