“Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” One of more astounding truths we encounter throughout Lent is the realization that there are many people in our immediate circle of contact and influence who are challenged and burdened much like ourselves and carrying similar crosses that we are bearing. Yet, because of our attachment to routine and preconceived notions and prejudices throughout the day, we are blind to the plight of others around us perhaps made that way because of our own struggles which tend to make us insensitive. Very unfortunately, it sometimes takes a tragedy or horrible instance to open our eyes and see what we have been missing all along. That is why the time to act is now: “Behold, now is a very acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”
“Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.” Today we are also given an added touch to this reflection. Those people in our lives which we treat with infrequent and perhaps unthinking care, could in fact be Jesus Himself. He said as much. His words and promise are better than gold so we can rest assured that all that is presented here is at least worthy of more than casual thought. What if that was Jesus I passed today? What if that person who pains me the most is in fact the Lord watching how I will return responses and invitations to greatness? Let’s see.
Lent is a call to renew a commitment grown dull, perhaps, by a life more marked by routine than by reflection. Sister Joan Chittister, OSB