Lenten Meditation for Feb. 14, 2013/First Thu of Great Lent
- February 14, 2013
1st Thursday of Lent
Prepared by Ashley Varghese, MGOCSM Philadelphia
St. Matthew 7: 1-12
Exodus 22: 5-6
I Kings 18: 16-24
II Kings 17: 7 - 23
Isaiah 36: 1-7, 37: 1-7
St. James 2: 14 - 26
Romans 2: 28 - 3: 8
St. Matthew 7: 13-27
In this passage taken from the gospel according to Saint Matthew, there is a direct contrast between right and wrong ways of life. In our lives, we are given many choices everyday. Even the smallest choices that we make can impact us in the long run; furthermore, these choices are often difficult to make. Even more often, they are choices that we do not want to make. However, the passage from the Bible tells us, �small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.� Let us be part of the �few� that find the way, the right way. By making the correct choices, we will bear good fruit which is what the next part of the passage focuses on. In verses 15-20, one sentence is repeated twice. �By their fruit you will recognize them.� A good tree does not and cannot bear bad fruit, and vice versa. This means that if you are a good person and you make the right choices, you will be recognized as such because your fruit (what you reap, awards, accolades, etc.) will be good. How can we know what the right choice to make is? We must build our foundation upon the rock that is Jesus Christ. �The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.�
In this lenten season, let us wholeheartedly dedicate ourselves to making the right choices. Let us enter through the narrow gate, bear good fruit, be true disciples of Christ, and build our foundation on our rock, our Lord and Savior.
In the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, One God. Lord, how can we thank You for what You have done for us. Let Your grace strengthen us and let Your mercy help us so we might learn from our mistakes and not commit sin again. We are so ashamed of our sins and without You, we cannot overcome them. Please Lord, let our sins be pardoned. Have mercy on us.