Friday, March 21, 2014

Friday of the Second Week
Everyone has their own struggles to deal with every single day. Whether the struggles involve money, an annoying sibling, a doubt in your beliefs, or anything in between, they are always there. When we are at our worst, it is so easy to feel lost and alone, sometimes even abandoned. But that is never true. It is at our moments of weakness and of greatest difficulty that God is with us the most. We can’t reject Him, and we can’t reject His teachings. We can’t let our fear overcome our love. The priests and elders wanted to arrest Jesus because they considered him a heretic and were afraid of His influence in their society. Their fear blinded them, and this caused them to reject Him. It is so easy to reject the truth and goodness even when it is right in front of you. We get swamped by jealousy, selfishness, and greed, and sometimes it can be hard to find our way back to God. At times like this, we need to step back and try to look at things in a different way. A problem may seem like the worst thing in the world in the moment, but given time and some perspective, most problems won’t seem so bad anymore. No matter how bleak a situation may seem or how hard it is to find God, we need to try to find the goodness in a person or a situation; it is always there. We need to trust that God will help us to see the goodness and that He will give us strength and courage in times of difficulty. Where can you find God in some of the troubles in your own life?

Loving God, help me to feel Your love despite the troubles of the day. I ask that You help me to see my problems from a new perspective and that You help me sense Your presence in all that I do. Amen.  

Lauren Loy, ‘15

First Reading: Genesis 37:3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28a
Psalm 105:16-21
Gospel: Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46

Daily Scripture readings can be found online at the USCCB website

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