Daily Reflection for Thursday, March 12, 2020
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Thursday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Jeremiah 17:5-10
Responsorial Psalm: 1:1-4, and 6
Gospel: Luke 16: 19-31
Our reflection on Thursday’s readings:
More tortuous than anything is the human heart, beyond remedy; who can understand it? Jeremiah 17:9
I tend to gravitate toward readings that don’t require me to strain too much to take something away. The rich imagery in both readings today point straight to the value of a heart trusting in the Lord with vivid reminders of what awaits either choice of accepting or rejecting the Lord.
Do any of you worry about having imposter tendencies? I’ve felt this way for a while – so long, in fact, that I remember having these types of thoughts in childhood. I would sometimes get complimented after a good music lesson for having practiced my instrument during the week when in reality I’d only fervently practiced for the 20 minutes immediately preceding the lesson! The outward appearance of things belied the truth within. Our society and social media are soaked in the “importance” of outward presentation with the ever-present danger of comparison to others who appear to have jobs or marriages or appearances or parenting skills without significant flaws.
The problem is that we all too often tend to seek to protect, polish and augment the wrong side of ourselves. Outside accomplishment, titles and adornment like the rich man in today’s Gospel (or poverty stricken, sore-covered Lazarus on the other end of the appearance spectrum), often belie what really matters inside our hearts.
This Lenten season is designed for us to focus our consciousness on reorienting our desires away from any temptation that leads us away from God and toward an awareness of our desperate need and dependence on Him. We follow Jesus into the desert to confront that which tempts us and ultimately obstructs us from doing His work.
If the rich man’s outward persona distracted paying attention to his tortuous heart (beyond remedy only because of a disdain for reliance on God), what leprotic lesions exist in our own hearts that require more attention and healing this Lent?