The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth. -Albert Einstein
“Queen Esther, seized with mortal anguish, had recourse to the LORD.” So do we.
Can’t exactly improve on the Lord’s words in our Gospel today —
Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy Kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
It’s funny — when I visit folks in the nursing homes who cannot remember their own names, let alone the names of the chlidren — they usually remember the Lord’s prayer. It becomes a part of us.
Today there are some pretty neat phrases in our first reading, reminders from the Lord God. 1) “Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy.” 2) “Cherish no grudge”
In today’s Gospel, Jesus calls Matthew to follow him. And Matthew does, immediately. Today Jesus calls us to something. Do we follow him with the same immediacy?
Our readings today are about fasting. We fast to make room for the Good Lord. We take in sodas, pizza, burgers, video games, endless facebook feeds, hours and hours of tv, snacks, drinks, shopping…..we take a lot of stuff in. If we aren’t careful, there’s no more room for God. Lent is a time to reduce DRASTICALLY the stuff of the world that we are taking in. So that we can take in all the more God. FAST and make it HARD
CS Lewis: “Aim for heaven, and you’ll get the world ‘thrown in.’ Aim for the world and you’ll get neither.”