Lenten Reflection Day 17: Isaiah 53:11

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“My servant, the just one, shall justify the many,

their iniquity he shall bear.” (Isaiah 53:11)

Reflection:

At times, we forget the many blessings God has bestowed upon us. The greatest among them, Jesus Christ our Savior. The focus on Lent is on prayer, almsgiving, and fasting. We should add a fourth pillar, gratitude.

A grateful heart is a prayerful heart because it knows salvation comes from above. A thankful heart is filled with charity because it understands that almsgiving without love is a fancy act. A grateful heart realizes that fasting is not about suffering but joy, a healthy balance of self-giving and control.

Today’s Intention:

Lord, move us through the Holy Spirit to live in gratitude. To give you thanksgiving every day for the gift of Jesus Christ who justifies us and bears our iniquities.

Peace and Goodness

His Invitation

Reading 1 1 SM 3:3B-10, 19
Responsorial Psalm PS 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10
Reading 2 1 COR 6:13C-15A, 17-20
Gospel JN 1:35-42

When the LORD revealed Himself to Samuel, He extended an invitation to all of us to hear His words. By answering “Speak, for your servant is listening” (1SM 3:10), Samuel accepted God’s will for us, to serve Him (cf. PS 40:8a-9a).

The invitation was extended and reaffirmed once more when His Son said to Andrew and John “Come, and you will see” (JN 1:39) and they announced to Peter “We have found the Messiah” (JN 1:41).

God wants to reveal Himself to us just as He did to Samuel and the first disciples. The extent of our participation, however, will be determined by how well we heed, pray and discern His calling and our willingness to seek spiritual direction (cf. 1SM 3:9, JN 1:35).

With His invitation, God asserts that our “bodies are members of Christ” (1 COR 6:15). By accepting his bid, we uphold God’s ownership of what His Son “purchased at a price”       (1 COR 6:20), the “temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God”            (1 COR 6:19).