Friday of the First Week of Lent
Malvern Minute

 

Friday of the First Week of Lent

February 26, 2021

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Media, PA

 

Book of Ezekiel 18:21-28

Psalm 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8

Matthew 5:20-26

 

             I suspect that I have always been a bit shocked when I read scripture readings like today.  The reading from the prophet Ezekiel seems so harsh and a little scary and yet the message is clear; “do what is right and just.”  It reminds us for our need to pay attention to what God has told us and not to confuse civil law with God’s laws.  If a person violates a civil law they must accept responsibility for their actions and will be penalized accordingly.  Additionally, that same person must ask for forgiveness and then choose to live according to God’s laws.

            After meditating on the Responsorial Psalm and Matthew’s Gospel I thought, that “most of the people I meet are, well, pretty good people.”  But if we are not careful we can become complacent in our daily lives and begin to believe, “I’m a pretty good person as well, so I will just continue on with the way I live my life.”  The complacency I speak of leads us to become less critical about our shortcomings or what we might consider minor infractions against others,  our opportunities to grow in understanding how God is asking us to live our lives is easily forgotten.

            As we continue to experience the season of Lent we should feel grateful to be able to meet with a group of good people and discover how we can move to a new level in understanding ourselves just a little better.  Our individual ministry is to truly understand our shortcomings and work to improve how we respond to the message of forgiveness and ways to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.

Question of the Day:  How will you ask the Lord to keep from falling into a life of sinful behavior? 

Prayer:  Lord God, never let me deny those in need, to receive forgiveness form the gift or penance and to give it back through works of kindness and mercy.  Amen.

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