“If you trust in the words of Jesus you will truly be disciples.” No matter the path or how difficult the journey, the faith and trust we have in Jesus leads us to true discipleship by following His example of what He taught and what He did. Even in the midst of a fiery furnace, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego praised God and placed their faith and trust in Him. During this Lenten season, it is crucial to remember this time in history where the world is so divided, with leaders who do not represent the majority, and individuals who fear for their lives. It is vital to realize the importance of trusting in Jesus and “knowing the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Being a disciple of Jesus in this time in our world is essential because it is the love of Christ that will bring healing and offers us true freedom from the ways sin binds us. Jesus urges us to love our brothers and sisters, and we do this by the way we follow Jesus, by imitating how He lived and interacted with those around Him, and by showing mercy, compassion, and understanding. As disciples, He calls each of us to do the same. The life of discipleship is not passive, but calls us to conversion and action every day.
With the tension and division that exists today, striving to show others compassion, love, kindness, and recognizing the privileges that fellow brothers and sisters may not experience are of the utmost importance. Being a disciple of Jesus, especially in our world today, will not be easy, but through committing to love and compassion, even in adversity, will allow the light of Christ to shine through.
Blessed are they who have kept the word with a generous heart and yield a harvest through perseverance.
Lord, I pray that all of our brothers and sisters feel welcomed, appreciated, and valued. I pray that each and every person will feel the support and guidance from the Lord during this Lenten season.
Hillary Miller, ’15
First Reading: Daniel 3:14-20, 91-92, 95
Psalm: Daniel 3:52-56
Gospel: John 8:31-42
Daily Scripture readings can be found online at the USCCB website