April 4, 2014
FRIDAY OF THE FOURTH WEEK OF LENT
Wisdom 2:1A, 12-22 * John 8:1-11
For many people, the holidays come with a subliminal understanding of acceptance and love for all. To help us understand the setting a little bit further, let us take a look into why Jesus returned to Judea. The Jewish feast of the Tabernacles is a weeklong feast set apart between September-October. During the feast, celebrants live in self-made booths to remember Israel’s deliverance from Egypt and their subsequent wandering in the wilderness for 40 years. Therefore the feast of the Tabernacles can be thought of as Israel’s version of Thanksgiving. Keeping this is mind, picture yourself coming home for a Thanksgiving celebration. Would you not hope for a warm reception from those at home?
While Jesus’ unfavorable homecoming might seem unlikely, there are many fellow brothers and sisters who share in that experience. For many, returning home may not always provide the same “soul recharging” as for others. Where should they go then? Jesus ultimately returned to share in a festival that gives thanksgiving to his Father. Because God the Father remains always faithful, we should strive to look to him and the Trinity to be our ultimate “soul chargers.”
- Have I ever denied the Holy Trinity in others? In myself?
- Do I place the worth of my happiness on earthly things?
Class of 2014
Major: Petroleum Engineering
Future Plans: After graduation, I plan to work in the oil and gas industry.
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.