Jesus seems to be adamant about telling us to get rid of everything in our lives that lead us to no good. Whether it be our hand, foot, eye, as well as unhealthy thoughts and actions. For most of us, like myself, if we were to take his words literally, we would all be maimed in one way or another! I don’t think Jesus had in mind that we should cut off a hand, foot or poke an eye out. But, I do believe he is challenging us to take time to examine our life and actions and set about making right where we are going astray! What are some ways we can do this?
First, we can take to heart the message found in the responsorial psalm today;
‘Blessed are they who hope in the Lord!’
Second, keep in mind that when we stay connected to the Lord, when we believe and live as people of hope and promise we are more likely to be grounded and faithful. Hope becomes very elusive when we place it in all the wrong places and things. When we get caught up in worldly pleasures and find ourselves too busy to pray, to take time to focus on the things of God, we lose sight of what is really important.
Third, Lent is coming in a few short weeks. What will your Lent look like this year? Will you:
Connect with an estranged relative or friend?
Spend time volunteering at the parish food pantry or another outreach mission?
May Lent be a time of new beginnings that lead you to always hope in the Lord.
Have a Blessed Lent!
Theresa Secord is a Pastoral Associate at St. Agnes Parish, Louisville, Kentucky.