Day 29 Wednesday March 18 – [F] Only water to drink today
RO: Are you following Jesus close enough to be seen with Him? To be somebody who is related to Him? To be a disciple? Or are you still keeping a distance from Him? Lent is about growing deeper in our faith and following Jesus more closely. And here is the greatest part: The Advocate, The Holy Spirit, helps us along our way. So pray that the Holy Spirit gives you an accurate description of who God is, fall in love with Him, become a fan, follow Him more closely this Lent.
Isaiah 49: 8-15
Thus says the LORD: In a time of favor I answer you, on the day of salvation I help you; // For the LORD comforts his people and shows mercy to his afflicted. But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me; my Lord has forgotten me.” Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb? Even should she forget, I will never forget you.
John 5: 17-30
I do not seek my own will but the will of the one who sent me
A homily message was this: Make peace with the fact that you are a human and because you are human you will make mistakes. It’s okay! Make peace with being a sinner. Forgive yourself. God knows that you are human and will make mistakes. God still loves you. (This is Fr. Joe again, by the way. Turns out I really love his homilies!)
How funny. As I got ready for bed on Day 27, after having written my reflection on the day, and feeling a bit down about my failings, I could hear in my head the voice of my sister Bridgette telling me all the nice things that I do and to not beat myself up over these things; giving me encouragement like she so often does. And then a list of the recent things I’ve done went thru my head. It made me actually smile. I felt good. I thanked God for His kindness. He helped me to remember those times when I chose Him and He let me know that it made Him happy.
It was a nice message that God doesn’t want me to just focus on the times that I fail. He wants me to take joy in the fact I am following Him as best I can. He wants me to be conscious of when I err because He wants me to get better at choosing Him. Because if I don’t keep Him in mind I won’t see the times when I have not chosen Him and He wants to give me the opportunity to come back to Him in the next thing I do.
Continue to Day 30