Monday of the Second Week of Lent
Daniel 9:4b-10, Psalm 79:8-9, 11 and 13, & Luke 6:36-38
For many of us, this is the time of year when we discover how little we are in control. Covid-19, social unrest, violent behavior, political turmoil, and so forth have plagued our country for nearly a year. We are in the midst of winter, and a mishap on icy surfaces makes us aware of our vulnerability. Each Ash Wednesday reminds us that we are dust, and to dust, we shall return. In other words, we are on this earth for a short time. How do we use the time God gives us? It is working from deadline to deadline, raising our families, planning vacations, and so forth for many of us. There is so much to do.
Ask yourself if you are as content with your life as you were one year ago? If you are not, is it because of the items I listed in the first paragraph? If your answer is 'yes,' then you've become like the people in our first reading who were frustrated, living a life of doubt which, in their case, sometimes led to rebellion. We, too, can become critical as we focus on the faults of others. In our society, it is politically incorrect to judge. Nevertheless, criticism and cynicism are widespread. We become the people Jesus warns us not to become.
The Return Of The Prodigal Son by Pompeo Batoni
The reading from Daniel and the Responsorial Psalm are reminders of our human state; we often fail. Luke's Gospel narrative asks us to be patient and merciful.
The Gospel readings during Lent present Jesus in His season of challenge. As the new disciples of our Lord, He asks us to have the insight to recognize the places where our efforts of love and mercy toward others will make a difference. We ask Jesus for the strength and will to use these opportunities wisely. We pray for patience and endurance. We pray for the grace once again to appreciate our world as a gift. Life is short!
Question of the Day: How will you challenge yourself to become aware of your shortcomings as reminded by Jesus?
Prayer: Be merciful, as your Father is merciful, says the Lord. (Luke 6-36)