Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent
The readings for the day can be found here.
Lent is a time for us to remember the sacrifice Jesus made for us. On this, the Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent, we seem to take a break from fasting, almsgiving and prayer to hear about happiness, rejoicing, and praise. The first reading for today (IS 65:17-21) focuses on hope. The Lord presents a vision for a new heaven and earth, one without hardship. The Gospel (JN 4:43-54) calls us to faith in the Lord. A royal official, who does not even appear to be a disciple, had the faith to hear Jesus’ promise and believe!
While reading or watching the nightly news, the atrocities people face can be overwhelming. Children in foreign countries live in harsh conditions, dying from starvation, war, and disease. Domestically, children are dying from shootings, illnesses, and abuse. We are all faced with hardships in our lives, some which may seem almost unbearable. The readings from today call us to have faith in the Lord. Although things may seem hard now, Jesus died for our sins to give us the chance to spend an eternity with him in heaven, where sin and pain are not present. If we have faith, all of the things we bear hear on earth will help guide us to eternal life.
We need to have faith that He is watching out for us and understands the struggles we face. A phrase that always has stuck with me is “God won’t give you something you can’t handle”. If life seems overwhelming, take a deep breath and know God is with you and is going to help you through it. He gave you this life challenge because He knew you, the special, unique, and beautiful person you are, can handle it. Jesus loves you so much, and He is just waiting for you to understand it. So after looking over the readings for today, know that you can handle whatever life throws at you, trust in the Lord, He has great plans for you.
Taylor Martin is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences.