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Monday, First Week of Lent

March 14, 2011

Blessed Monday!

God our Savior, bring us back to You
and fill our minds with Your wisdom.
May we be enriched by our observance of Lent.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen. (Opening prayer from today’s Mass)

Readings:
Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18 (specific ways to love our neighbor)
Psalm 19: 8-15 “Your words Lord, are spirit and life”
+Matthew 25:31-46 (what we do to others, we do to God)

You did it to Me
-Matthew 25:40

Think for a moment of the person dearest to you in all the world;
perhaps your child or parent, spouse or friend.
Imagine they’re traveling in a foreign country, far away from you, and run into trouble.
They seriously need help.
How would you feel about the person who passed them by
without so much as a second glance?

Alternatively, how would you feel about the person who dropped everything
and at the cost of great personal sacrifice, protected them, provided for them,
and sent them home to you?

May I fairly guess that you would have little use for the former,
and would be eternally grateful to the latter?

What they did to your loved one, they did to you.

That’s how God feels.
Each person He’s created is His beloved.
Whatever we do for or to them, we do for or to Him.
And there’s no getting around it–He knows what we’ve done…in detail.

I AM the Lord
-Leviticus 19:14

And just as it would with us, this works both ways.
If we neglect or abuse God’s beloved, there will be painful consequences.
If we give them so much as a cup of cold water for His sake,
He will reward us (see Matthew 10:42).

As her examination of conscience at the end of each day,
Mother Teresa used to ask

What did I do to Jesus today?
What did I do for Jesus today?
What did I do with Jesus today?

As we reflect on our interactions with God’s people, His beloved,
at the end of each day,
we would do well to ask those same questions.
Whatever we did to them, we did to Him.

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