Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent

DT 4:1, 5-9

PS 147:12-13, 15-16, 19-20

MT 5:17-19

The readings for the day can be found here.


Today’s readings touch on the law, on “statutes and decrees;” urging us to be earnest and to follow the Lord’s commandments and to encourage others to do likewise. This law that our faith calls us to recognize is not a popular concept within society today.  Often we do not like to be told what we should or should not do, nor do we believe in instructing others in these matters. In an age of relativistic views where instant gratification is prized it can be difficult to follow this call. In this Lenten time especially, I have found a need to renew commitment to my beliefs, to the call of sharing these beliefs, and to earnestly look at the law in a new light. As today’s reading points out through Moses’ address to the people, we are a truly blessed people, a people who are close to our God; Jesus came to fulfill the law and to direct our hearts and minds to understand what this law means and so we are enveloped by a law of love, which our God willingly shows to us whenever we call upon him. This is what we are called to share and to teach with all of our brothers and sisters, our acquaintances, peers, colleagues, and all we come in contact with.

We are called to be a people filled with joy in our God, even in this time of Lenten reflection. To live the law of love, I believe we need to receive it with joy and with wisdom to decipher how to best respond. I recently heard a new explanation of this wisdom. I am currently studying abroad in Rome, Italy and had the privilege to visit the house where St. Ignatius spent the last seventeen years of his life. The Jesuit who showed us around described the wisdom that King Solomon asks for as “a heart that listens,” a phrase that struck me and caused me to pause.

As we contemplate the enormous love of our God and strive to live out the law of love that has been placed before us we might try to be aware of those around us in order to have a heart that listens.

Emily Polovick is a sophomore at SLU majoring in Occupational Therapy and minoring in Theology.

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