April 5, 2014
SATURDAY OF THE FOURTH WEEK OF LENT
Jeremiah 11:18-20 * John 7:40-53
Preconceived notions can dramatically alter the way we interact with other people. When we have faulty ideas about others, we can fail to take the time to actually get to know them. It’s easier to just place them in neatly labeled boxes, rather than trying to understand their true dignity.
In this Gospel reading, it is quite definitively determined that Jesus cannot be the Christ, simply because he is from Galilee. Never mind his powerful teachings or miracles; he is reduced solely to where he is from. And because this does not match up to the established requirement, he is written off despite other obvious signs to his divinity.
Lent is an ideal time to examine what sort of flawed perceptions we may have about the people in our lives. Not only that, but even what sort of flawed perceptions we may have about God. Ultimately, the best way to go about removing these misguided opinions is to form real relationships. It may be more difficult, demanding, and messier. However, it is so worthwhile, as it frees us from unnecessary limitations and allows us to appreciate others for who they truly are.
- In what ways does my current perception of God limit him?
- Do I have preconceived notions about any person in my life? Could I reach out to this person during the Lenten season?
Class of 2015
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Future Plans: I want to pursue a career in research, potentially in the development of artificial organs or new technology for joint replacements.
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.