Monday, March 9, 2015

Have you opened all the areas of your life to God? If not, what’s keeping you from doing so? - Daily Reflections March 9,2015

We are now on the third week of the Lenten season, or the last week of its first part. In this first part of Lent, the liturgy is designed such that there is always a spiritual lesson in every Mass through the readings.
         There is a kind of linchpin between the First Reading and the Gospel, a connection point tying them together. This is about Naaman, the leprous Syrian army commander. The lesson is such that if the pagan Naaman came to Israel to be healed of his disease, so too must the Jews who, sadly, rejected Jesus, the Divine Physician.
         It was so bad as “they were all filled with fury.” It reached the point that they wanted to hurl Jesus over the edge of a cliff. But, as the last verse of the Gospel passage puts it, “He passed through the midst of them and went away.”
         It sounds so ominous. Can it be that Jesus does the very same thing to us, too, because of our sinfulness and lack of repentance? That He simply walks through our midst and goes away?
         This happens when we do not give Him the place He deserves: in our very selves, in our homes, in our workplaces, in our society, in all our other venues and forums. God ought to have a place in every area of our lives. He need not be limited to churches and chapels only.
         We ought to undo or disprove the dictum of Jesus: “No prophet is accepted in his own native place.” We can do that if we welcome and allow Him to feel at home and stay in our hearts. He, after all, is surely not a Naaman, carrying with Him an infectious disease. Let Him be for us a native — not an alien or stranger. Fr. Martin Macasaet, SDB
REFLECTION QUESTIONS: Have you opened all the areas of your life to God? If not, what’s keeping you from doing so?
Dear God, make Your dwelling in me that I may always be with You.

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