March 28, 2014
FRIDAY OF THE THIRD WEEK OF LENT
Hosea 14:2-10 * Mark 12:28-34
What other gods do we put before the Lord in our lives? This question is an oft-repeated examination of conscience with which almost every Christian is familiar, but this concept takes center-stage in the readings today. In the first reading, the Lord calls upon Israel to discard their reliance on foreign alliances, on human power, and upon idols; and to return to him, for it is because of his blessings that Israel is able to bear great fruit. In Hosea’s time, Israel had lost its way, with many of the Jewish people leaving the faith to worship false gods.
We live in a time where materialism dominates our culture and a new atheism seeks to scatter the Lord’s flock. During this season of Lent, the Lord calls us to return to him and to love him. We are called to open our hearts to the words of the Psalmist – “I am the Lord your God: hear my voice.”
But what does this look like in our lives? Jesus gives us the answer in the Gospel: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength,” and “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” These simple words are what we struggle with and fight for every day in our faith.
- What things in my life to I elevate to greater importance than my faith?
- Where have I failed to love my neighbor in my everyday life?
Class of 2012
Ph.D Student in Aerospace Engineering
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.