Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent
Memorial Feast: Saint Cyril of Jerusalem (c.313-+386) Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Book of Exodus 32:7-14, Psalm 106:9-13, & John 5:31-47
One of my closest friends is the eldest of ten children. He once said to me that his mom told him and his siblings not to send her flowers of Mother's Day if they hadn't been in touch with her regularly during the year. She wouldn't be the slightest bit offended if they skipped Mother's Day as long as they communicated with her regularly—and she meant it. I believe this story illustrates a broader point from today's Gospel about how we should live.
It isn't what we say about how much we love God or the show of devotion we put on that count; it is what we do and how we live every day. These are evidenced by which we will be judged like "mom," who is more affected by regular phone calls and emails than fancy flowers once a year.
The "evidence" from deeds even applies to Jesus, and how we know, He is who He says He is. He said, "The works that the Father gave me to accomplish, these works that I perform testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me."
Today's Gospel message initially tells us that it is human nature to learn about the life and teachings of Jesus through others. Still, each of us is asked to develop personal relationships with God. We are reminded to learn about God through Jesus' life and build relationships with God in a community of those who have also developed their relationship with God. However, making decisions about how to live our lives comes through prayer and developing personal relationships with God. A great lesson, mom—thank you.
Question of the Day: During Lent, as we think about amending our lives, it might be useful to ask if we are getting pleasure from moving closer to God. If not, what are we missing and why?
Prayer: "Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people." (Psalm 106)