Friday of the Fourth WeekReflection
How often do we see and experience the living Christ in the tabernacle of our hearts and in the lives of others?
Our hearts beat in the pure light of God’s love, even when we aren’t able to see it or feel it. The Book of Wisdom teaches us that the negative projections and shadows cast upon us by others will fall away, and the light of God that illuminates our hearts, minds, bodies and souls will heal and restore the holiness of our lives and communities. Through a purity of heart, an innate innocence at the very center of our being, God reveals and restores all things to wholeness.
The psalmist sings, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.” There is a deep sadness of heart that emerges when we’re not seen for who we truly are. Even in moments of despair, God knows and loves us and never abandons us. God promises to redeem the lives of those who serve God as well as others.
Christ reminds us in the Gospel of John, “the one who sent Me…is true.” When we live in the truth, informed by the light of Christ, we become the truth, without saying anything, simply by living the truth of who we really are in the everyday moments of our lives.
This Lent, may Christ’s light illuminate us, so that we too may walk as lights that “shine in the darkness knowing that the darkness will not overcome it.”
PrayerBeloved God, we sing praises for Your gift of life. Illuminate the darkness with Your love and light. Bring Your grace and healing into our hearts, so that we may truly see Your living presence among us and be reconciled with ourselves and each other. Thank You for Your many blessings. Amen.
Carol Fournier, M’12, Member of the Worshipping Community
ScriptureFirst Reading: Wisdom 2:1a, 12-22
Psalm 34:17-21, 23
Gospel: John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30
Daily Scripture readings can be found online at the USCCB website