Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent
The readings for the day can be found here.
How much God loves us! How much He wants to know us and be a part of our lives! Today’s readings reiterate this fact in its simplicity. God reminds us how to be present to Him and how to open ourselves up to the potential inside ourselves with God by our side. God wants us to do good, to be good people who love life and love being with one another. The first reading tells us “cease doing evil, learn to do good, make justice your aim, redress the wronged, hear the orphan’s plea, and defend the widow.”
God knows that being human is not easy; He sent His son to be one of us completely and experience the world how we do. He knows we are often tempted by evil to have more things, be the most popular, achieve the highest success, etc. but He also knows that these things will not bring us happiness. It is when we reach out to those in need, when we say “I’m sorry” or accept forgiveness from someone that we will be on our way to experiencing true happiness and joy. God has every intention of forgiving us for turning away from Him so long as we recognize in ourselves the moments we failed to live up to our potential and our goodness. We must also forgive ourselves and one another. The Gospel proclaims that we are all brothers; we must allow ourselves to be present to the marginalized and the “least” of men. This is where God lies, in the little moments, the daily interactions, when we pass people in the hall, see someone in the dining areas; we must recognize God in everyone we meet on the street. We are all brothers, this fits so well with Ignatian Spirituality that we attempt to embody here at SLU. We are men and women for and with others and I would add, loving others in a way that resembles Christ’s love and God’s love of us.
Isn’t it humbling to know how much God loves us and how much good He wants for us? I am awestruck over how much God desires to know us and help us learn and grow and become who we are meant to be. God loves us no matter what, even if we mess up, even if we desire popularity, and He even loves us when we fail to love ourselves. Learn to do good, your sins as red as scarlet will become white as snow.
Annie Shaver is the Campus Ministry liturgy intern.