Saturday of the Third Week
Why do we do what we do? What is our motivation for doing it? And, if we know or think that no one is watching us, would we do it in the same way? These are the questions that today’s readings, especially the Gospel, caused me to reflect on. They are important questions which each one of us must answer honestly and on a daily basis, but are especially appropriate during the Lenten season.
Daily we see many examples reported by the media of people, like the Pharisees, who appear to be doing good things but for selfish or wrong reasons. Although it is difficult for us to know or understand a person’s motivation for their actions, we sometimes learn the truth about their deeds and it is very disappointing.
As Christians, we are reminded often about the challenge of our original sin, inherited from Adam and Eve. Just as they were tempted to act in ways contrary to God’s law because of their desire for greater power, we must guard ourselves from falling victim to the desires for recognition, fame, fortune and power for ourselves. Let us take a moment today to examine our consciences to determine our motivations for our actions and remind ourselves that God is always watching us!
Lord, give me the courage to be honest with myself and others, the wisdom to discern what You truly desire me to do and the strength to do it. Amen.
Jerry Flanagan, ‘71, Vice President for Admission and Enrollment Management
First Reading: Hosea 6:1-6
Psalm 51:3-4, 18-21ab
Gospel: Luke 18:9-14
Daily Scripture readings can be found online at the USCCB website