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April 4, 2019 Lenten Reflection

Thursday, April 4, 2019
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At one point or another in our lives, we fall into the “offerings” (temptations) of our world. Over time, we do begin to realize how earthly materialism, power, honor, or social status doesn’t completely satisfy our identity or being. With that, today’s readings emphasize the need for God’s mercy.

Reflecting on these scriptures passages, I imagine a prison that various biblical figures or groups are trapped in. In Exodus 32, the Hebrews somehow forgot all the blessings of God, especially considering how the Lord allows them to escape the oppression of the Egyptians. These men and women are confined to their own selfish cycles and fall back into idolatry with the golden calf. Jesus points out how His audience suffers the same fate: “I know that you do not have the love in you. I came in the name of my father, but you do not accept me” (John 5). Even those who knew Christ and experienced his words and deeds firsthand still could not see clearly.

Having not witnessed the miracles of Christ ourselves in 2019, it is understandably more difficult for us today to block out tempting distractions. We are all drawn to sin, know it is bad, but still do it anyway.  This current season, Lent, is the time of year to put on our spiritual armor and prepare for a battle. Despite our imperfection and extended sentences in the prison of sin, God will be close by to bring us what we need: mercy, forgiveness, and grace to do God’s will.

Magaly, Class of 2021

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