Tuesday 14th March – Tuesday of the 2nd week of Lent
Reflection: Isaiah 1: 10, 16 -20
LEARN TO DO GOOD!
While in secondary school I could attend Mass only on Sundays but I loved the Mass and longed for the opportunity to go every single day. Hence, as soon as I left for University, I found myself gladly waking up very early to begin my day with the Mass. This beautiful practice went on until my 4th year on campus when I was saddled with many responsibilities and decided to go to Mass 3 times a week rather than every day. Before long, the 3 year old practice became a burden and I had to struggle to get up early and meet up with the Mass. It took almost 3 more years with prayers and encouragement from my spiritual director to overcome this struggle and attend Masses everyday again.
This experience opened my eyes to how easy it is to lose virtue and acquire vice. Indeed doing good is learned. it doesn’t just happen. It takes conscious effort on our part as Christians to rise above our human selfishness and comfort zone to do good. God tells us today “Cease to do evil; learn to do good” (Is 1:16). In what areas of your life are you struggling to do what is right? Are you making conscious efforts to do what is right? Let this season of Lent be a time for you to rise above every limitation and strive with God’s help to learn to do good.
Today, ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to the ways in which you have failed to do what is right and respond to God’s call to repentance. Ask Him for the grace to live a life of goodness – a life that seeks the good of others and pleases God. He is ever ready to help us!
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, please strengthen me in my quest for holiness. Help me to learn to do what is good always and never look back.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 279 – Why do we need faith and the sacraments in order to live a good, upright life?
If we were to rely only on ourselves and our own strength, we would not get far in our attempts to be good…When God gives us his strength; we call this “grace”. Especially in the sacred signs that we call the Sacraments, God gives us the ability actually to do the good that we want to do.
HIDE A TREASURE: “To Him who by the power a work within us is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think, to Him be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21 RSV-CE
Today’s Readings: Isaiah 1: 10, 16 -20; Psalm 50: 8-9, 16-17, 21-23; Matthew 23: 1-12