April 11, 2014
FRIDAY OF THE FIFTH WEEK OF LENT
Jeremiah 20:10-13 * John 10:31-42
“I’m tired.” “I’m frustrated.” “Life is too hard.” “I didn’t sign up for this!” How many times do we hear or even say these words? We feel the pressing weight of daily responsibilities and the heaviness of life.
Today’s Liturgy guides us to pray: In my distress I called upon the Lord…
Do I “go to God” when I am in need? Do I ask for help? No, I’m an independent woman! No, I’m a guy—I can figure this out! I wonder if self-reliance could be one of the biggest struggles of our time. It is both a sin—the matter is a lack of trust in God—and a lie that the Evil One wants us to believe to prevent us from having a true relationship with the Father.
…and he heard my voice. The Father hears the cry of the poor one who calls out to him. But, to be heard does not imply that God has to do what we want! Trusting in him is not about results; rather, trust takes us far beyond our own understanding and into the depths of God’s love and mercy. It is there where he receives us and where we can experience communion with him.
I love you, O LORD, my strength, O LORD, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer.
- Do I ask for help when I am in need, or am I self-reliant?
- Do I believe that God hears my voice?
- Do I desire intimacy and communion with the Lord?
Resolution: Today, pick a practical way in which to trust God more.
Sr. Elena Morcelli
Sister Elena Morcelli is an Apostle of the Interior Life Sister and campus minister at St. Mary’s Catholic Center.
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.