Lenten Reflection for Monday, March 17

March 17, 2014

Daniel 9:4B-10 * Luke 6:36-38

How this first reading rings true with the human heart! On a daily basis, we are faced with our own sinfulness, and yet are simultaneously astounded by God’s never-failing compassion and forgiveness. We try to hide in the darkness of our own shame and sin, but the light finds a way in and we are overwhelmed by God’s bright healing rays of love and forgiveness. How can he be so merciful?

The Gospel seems to make it all so simple: “forgive and you will be forgiven.” Even when we fall for the same temptations? Even when we fall into the same traps? Yes. As long as we recognize that our own brothers and sisters in Christ come to him with their own struggles and we choose not to bind them to their sins, we are free and forgiven. We need not hide our sin and our shame; we must simply imitate our Father and show the world the same mercy he shows us every day.

  • How do our own feelings of inadequacy keep us from showing mercy to our brothers and sisters in Christ?
  • How can we step out of our own darkness and bring the light of Christ to others?

Lauren Lyssy
Class of 2014
Major: Food Science & Technology
Future Plans: I want to work in product development to create new foods that are just as enjoyable as they are healthy.

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. (0)

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