Lent Day 39

Day 39 Saturday March 28 – [S] Deliver your food bank items

RO39: You’re not alone. When Jesus was here on this earth he went through betrayal. // Jesus knows what it’s like to be alone. // God can give you the grace to forgive. // In our own lives God has a vision for us. Do we miss out on that vision because when we are betrayed by people we allow it to take away from really experiencing the love of God from really seeing all the love that God has for us. // Look at betrayal in light of the cross. That out of the cross came life. The life that God wants to give you. Will you accept the life that He wants to give you?

Ezekial 37: 21-28

I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

John 11: 45-56

So the chief priests and the Pharisees convened the Sanhedrin and said, “What are we going to do?  This man is performing many signs. If we leave him alone, all will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our land and our nation.”

I have a box of food bank items in my entry way. They’ve been there for about one month waiting. I somewhat intended to deliver them today, though when given the opportunity to make other plans I did that and so never got around to delivering to it.

I mean, I can justify that I could wait and just do it some other time. But I feel like that is a running theme in my life. I have good (or decent-ish) intentions and then just fail a bit on the follow through.

I did spent the day in a great way – one which God I think approves. But still I was to do this thing for Him but just kind of dropped it because I was focusing on this other thing.

I mean, this other thing was a prayer retreat with my mom Ruth and Bridgette in Uniontown at The Sisters of the Order of St. Basil the Great. So I did spend over half of my day in a prayerful place (followed by more “Me & God” time at mass) and it was amazing to connect with God.

But sometimes prayer and living for God isn’t just about our internal journey; it needs to also be one of community.

I often do get so caught up in my prayerfulness and focusing on me and my personal relationship with God that I neglect the external — which is basically everything else in the world and stuff that I know God does want me to care about. Like donating to a food bank.

And so I hope to get around to dropping off my “Food Pantry” box. But until then at least it is in my entry way gently reminding me (mocking me) that I need to do a better job of actively helping others.

May 11 Update: Funny how God comes to you when you fail to go to Him — I received a postcard in the mail saying the Post-Office was doing a food drive. All I needed to do was to place a bag of items by my mailbox and the mailman would pick it up. So…

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