Thursday of the Third Week of Lent
The readings for the day can be found here.
The three readings today are about listening to and obeying the word God. This also includes trusting and having faith in his actions. In Jeremiah 7: 23-28, God has sent messengers (prophets) to express God’s wishes and they are all ignored. The people continue to grow further and further from God as generations expand and grow older. This in turn, causes people to become more and more evil and commit more and more evil acts against God and others. If these people were to follow today’s Psalm (Psalm 95) and listen to the word of God, they would be in a much better place. Listening includes having faith no matter how a situation presents itself. This is expressed by Jesus, in Luke 11: 14-23, when he says that assuming the work of God is actually the work of the devil, means that you are against God completely. You must have faith in the actions and words of God in order to have a fulfilling relationship with him.
The Lenten season is a time for us to reflect and evaluate our relationship with God. Are we following his words and his instructions well enough for us to consider ourselves 100% “with” him? If we are, then great, how can we be better and improve our relationship with God? We are human and that means there is always room for improvement. Then again, if we are not following the word of God as closely as we think we should, where can we start improvements? Small actions lead to big results. Start somewhere small and work your way forward. You will be pleasantly surprised at all that follows after and at who you become.
Mari McGilton is a junior majoring in Psychology and Criminal Justice.