Friday of the Second WeekReflection
There are many blessings in our lives, although it’s easy to overlook them. Life tends to be complicated and hectic, and our personal struggles can overshadow God’s gifts. Whether it’s jealousy, sadness, anger, you name it, all of us have challenges to overcome.
In the first reading, Joseph’s brothers are blinded by their jealousy and conspire to kill him. Their jealousy is contrasted by his love for them as shown by his willingness to help them in tending the sheep. The priests and elders were blinded by both jealousy and fear in the Gospel passage when they wanted to arrest Jesus, as He sought to radically alter their ways of life to be more loving and compassionate.
Our daily struggles are just as difficult. A beautiful sunrise, for example, can be overshadowed by an approaching deadline or difficulties in a relationship. Our faith can weaken during an illness or when things seem like they are falling apart. God can be found in all aspects of our lives, even though it may not seem like it. Lent gives us an opportunity to slow down, strengthen our faith, and grow closer to God. We should trust God and seek His love, as He gives us the strength needed in every aspect of our lives.
PrayerLoving God, let us feel the warmth of Your Love, especially in our times of need. Give us the strength and courage to fully trust in You.
Chris Ricciardi, ’16
ScriptureFirst Reading: Genesis 37:3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28a
Gospel: Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46
Daily Scripture readings can be found online at the USCCB website