Reflection for Friday of the Second Week of Lent (March 17, 2017)
Inclusive Text- Readings- Genesis 37: 3-4, 12-13A, 17B-28A / Psalm 105: 16-21 / Matthew 21: 33-43, 45-46
Thursday- Jeremiah 17: 5-10 / Psalm 1: 1-4, 6 / Luke 16: 19-31
Wednesday- Jeremiah 18: 18-20 / Psalm 31: 5-6, 14-16 / Matthew 20: 17-28
Wednesday’s Gospel brings out how human we all are. We love God but somehow feel because we acknowledge our belief in God that we deserve a high place in the Kingdom. And what happens? We are told that if we want to be “great” we must be the servant. Most of us have grown up with the idea that in order to be successful we must attain power and wealth. What Jesus is saying about being a servant is the opposite of this. Where is the power in service? We are clouded by the world’s material success. Look and see who has been the one whose story of love and service has survived over 2000 years. That is the true meaning of success, to love yourself, to be the one willing because we are so in love with God, as Jesus is to serve whenever and wherever we can, with joy and no expectations of reward. Jesus was criticized and mocked because of his humility, love and mercy and served no matter what. Are we willing to follow that path?
Friends, additionally how do we humble ourselves? Do we fail to see our self-worth? Do we feel that we are better than others? Why did the rich man fail to see how he treated Lazares? Was it because he was afraid that he saw his prejudice and lack of love for all? Who do we see when we look at others? Who is it we see when looking at ourselves?
The landowner tried to work with the tenants but was rejected. Many attempts were repeatedly made but rejection followed. When that person we want to hear from most continues to stare us in the face penetrating us body and soul to our core, is it ourselves who we are looking at? What is it that we need to face and stop running away from? Who is that we reject? Who has rejected us?
rev. Michael Theogene