Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wednesday of the Third Week

After reading and re-reading the readings for today, what stood out the most for me were the two words from the Gospel of Matthew: abolish and fulfill. How often do we even hear the word “abolish” today?  What does it mean?  According to the dictionary, abolish means to do away with, or put an end to. On the other hand, fulfill means to carry out or bring to realization. Jesus is making every attempt to “bring to realization” and “carry out” His mission on earth. How do we in this year of Lent “bring to realization” and “carry out” what it means to be Christian?  Are we showing by our daily lives, and those we interact with, that we are indeed bringing to realization and carrying out our mission on earth?  As I stated earlier, how often do we even hear the word “abolish”?  We need to lead by example and to obey and teach the commandments so as to be called “greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.”  Something to think about...
Abba, help us in our daily lives to “bring to realization” and “carry out” the mission that You have given us. Help us to be examples to those around us. Help us not to be so hasty to judge one another and give us the grace needed to see You in everyone. Amen.

Steve Shover, ‘75, Member of the Worshipping Community

First Reading: Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9
Psalm 147:12-13, 15-16, 19-20
Gospel: Matthew 5:17-19

Daily Scripture readings can be found online at the USCCB website

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