Intention: That God may bless and protect all those who carry healing and peace to the poor, the abused, and the forgotten people of the world.
Today’s Gospel | Luke 11:29-32
While still more people gathered in the crowd, Jesus said to them, “This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah. Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation. At the judgment the queen of the south will rise with the men of this generation and she will condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and there is something greater than Solomon here. At the judgment the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation and condemn it, because at the preaching of Jonah they repented, and there is something greater than Jonah here.”
A Lenten Reflection
According to Max Lucado, “Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want. It is the belief that God will do what is right.” Such a distinction points to a fundamental question that lies within the spiritual lives of many of us: what does it mean to have faith? For Lucado, it seems that the answer might turn on the difference between what we have and what we do.
While faith involves serious choices about what we believe, the true significance of faith is found in the act of believing itself. It is about being rooted in the conviction that we belong to an ever-present Father in whom we know unconditional acceptance and care. Belief, therefore, is not that certain things will or will not come our way, but that we are always loved and our lives always matter. Faith tells us that, regardless of what happens, we can think and act and dream with the confidence that comes from knowing that we live in the realm of divine possibility.
So often, sin is the result of insecurity. When our faith waivers, we can, as Lucado suggests, confuse filling our lives for fulfilling our lives. During Lent, we are called to contemplate what it is to be persons of faith. By drawing on God’s grace to regain patient and open hearts, we once again can see ourselves and our world through the eyes of faith, reassured that our worth in this world comes not from what we hold, but from who holds us.
Eternal Father, your son went to the cross and into the tomb to overcome the world’s lack of faith. Today, we still become distracted in the haste and confusion of daily life. Help us to slow down, to recall in every moment the wonder of your presence. May our strength and our comfort always rest in you. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.