Saturday 8th March – Saturday after Ash Wednesday
Reflection: Ezekiel 33:11 (Gospel Acclamation)
THIS DELIGHTS OUR GOD
In all human relationships, be it friendship or marriage, there is need for mutual understanding of interest. Not only is it important to be aware of this legitimate need, the overall welfare of the relationship largely depends on the preparedness of the concerned partners to selflessly commit themselves to the mutual realization of their partner’s interests. This concept in a way is applicable to our relationship with God. By virtue of Baptism, God has lovingly elevated us to be adopted children (Romans 8: 15-16) and friends of His (John 15: 14-15; Luke 12: 4).
Today’s Gospel acclamation and Gospel reading (Luke 5: 27-32) highlight a paramount interest of our All-sovereign God – Salvation of souls. This was the basis of our Lord’s incarnation and crucifixion. If we have come to the brightness of God’s light (Luke 1: 78-79; John 3:21), to what extent are we daily striving to bring in our neighbours who are still groping in the darkness of sin and iniquity? This is the mission of the Church. The essence of our Christian calling is evangelization, both in words and deeds. That radiant light of Christ must lovingly shine through us. We are not called to be judges over others (Luke 6: 37) as done by the Pharisees and Scribes in today’s Gospel reading.
Dearest in Christ, the Lenten season is a time to deepen our commitment to the work of evangelization. As we make efforts to draw closer to God, we must necessarily seek out practical means to encourage others in same. Our words and actions should be backed up with intercession. It is not our Lord’s will that a sinner should perish, rather He delights to see Him repent and be united with Himself. Let this be our daily pursuit!
PRAYER: Oh Lord, I yield myself as an instrument of evangelization for Your glory! May this deepen my personal commitment to You. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 139 – What is the lay vocation?
The LAITY are sent to engage in society so that the kingdom of God can grow among men.
A lay person is not a second-class Christian, for he shares in the priestly ministry of Christ (the universal priesthood). He sees to it that the people in his walk of life (in school, family and work) come to know the Gospel and learn to love Christ. Through his faith he leaves a mark on society, business, and politics…Young people especially should give serious thought to the question of what place God might want them to have in the Church.
HIDE A TREASURE: “Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in Heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance” Luke 15:7 RSV-CE
Readings for today: Isaiah 58: 9-14; Psalm 86: 1-6; Luke 5: 27-32