First Monday of Lent
In Leviticus God presents these laws to Moses so that we may be sanctified. So that we may honour God and conform ourselves to His holy will and image. God distinguished our ancestors the Israelites from all other nations and dignified them as people set apart for God.
Let us ask for God’s grace to fall in love with His law and to follow Him with obedience.
In Matthews gospel Jesus calls us to feed the hungry, to give water to the thirsty, to clothe the naked, to welcome the strangers, to care for the sick, and to visit the imprisoned. It is through our responsibilities to other people that we do this. An encouragement for the mothers and fathers; as parents you are doing these things all the time. It’s the voice of your child crying out, in that is the voice of God.
Often the voice of God is going to come to you, speaking to you, calling you in the ordinary. Calling you to your spouse, to your work, to your studies, to care for your kids. It’s up to us how we respond to that. Can we enter into these responsibilities freely and with joy? Or is it a burden? It’s in the small yeses in our everyday life that we grow in holiness.
Let us pray that we may hear the voice of God in our lives and respond with a wholehearted yes.
1st Reading: Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18
Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46