Daily Reflection for Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners!
We encourage you to reflect on Wednesday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Joel 2:12-18
Responsorial: Psalm 51:3-6,12-14 and 17
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2
Gospel: Matthew 6:1-6,16-18
Our reflection on Wednesday’s readings:
“… be reconciled to God.” 2 Corinthians 5:20
What are you giving up for Lent? Growing up in the ‘60s and ‘70s in a Catholic family, school and parish, we always gave up something for Lent. As I remember it being explained to me, we were meant to sacrifice and suffer in some way, to align ourselves with Christ’s suffering and dying for our sins. In truth, my only memory of those sacrifices is the joy I felt on Easter when I could once again eat candy or watch TV.
As Lent approaches each year, I remember something Fr. Todd Goodson, our former pastor, said in one of his Ash Wednesday sermons, several years ago. It went something like this: God doesn’t care if you eat chocolate, or watch TV, or play video games. Only give up those things if doing so brings you closer to God. Those comments have stuck with me because they describe a completely different reason for fasting from the one I understood as a child. Fasting makes room for more God in my life.
With that idea in mind, Ash Wednesday is a good day to ask ourselves some big questions: What do I need to do to be reconciled to God? What is standing in the way of my relationship with God? The answer to these questions for each of us will be different. Maybe the answer will be, “I need to refrain from X, because it turns me away from God and what God wants me to be.” (fasting) Maybe the answer will be, “I need to make more time for prayer, to speak with God and listen to what he has to say to me.” (prayer) Or maybe the answer is “I’ve been too selfish with the gifts God has given me and I need to share those gifts with others more.” (almsgiving)
Whatever you choose to focus on this Lent, fasting, prayer, and/or almsgiving, let God be at the center, calling you closer to him.
Wishing you a blessed Lenten season,