Friday, 3rd Week of Lent March 13th
John Bilenki C ‘17
Where Is My Heart?
“Assyria will not save us, nor shall we have horses to mount; We shall say no more. ‘Our God,’ to the work of our hands; for in You the orphan finds compassion.” Hos 14:4
“The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength… You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mk 12:28-34
In the first reading today, God’s chosen ones admit their faults to the Lord. We live by the same fallen nature as those in the story, depending on the “horses” in our lives and glorifying the “work of our hands.” Our human failings in our relationship with our God can be found in every aspect of daily life. A few examples of our idols as young men and women include, but are not limited to the following: 1) our dependence on Yahoo Answers and Google Translate to lighten the workload that inherently comes with our calling to be students— that is to bear the cross that is the challenge of study and homework in our vocation as students! 2) our slight (or perhaps considerable) addiction to our smartphones and social media, allowing them to intrude on conversation, class, walking around campus, and even taking them to bed with us— we should receive, acknowledge, and glorify God in these times! 3) Our attachment to family, friends, and role models—we intrude and interfere in their lives. Remember that they are God’s first before yours or anyone else’s! How we live out the minutest details of our lives is of high significance! These are just a few things, but reflecting upon them should lead us to spiritual improvement, a desire to better serve God in all that we do throughout our lives.
Jesus’ words documented in Mark’s Gospel are a good reality check for us in our Lenten journey with Christ to Calvary. Look inside your relationship with God and ask, “Where is myheart?” We ought to unite our every word, action, interaction, and relationship—our whole being—to the Cross for the glory of His death and resurrection. He is our Lord and our God whom we should love with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength! We ought to make our desires and struggles, successes and failures, joy and sadness known to Jesus. Christ is walking with us, entering into our suffering and helping us to carry our respective cross. Let us place our trust in His infinite mercy and love for us, knowing that even if we were the only one on this earth, He would still endure His Passion and death for us. As in Hosea, we are called to return to God in grace so that we are able to purely receive all which He burns to reveal to us.
It will follow naturally that we will love our neighbor when we are giving of ourselves to God. We are part of a story bigger than ourselves, companions on a journey. Trying our best to love God, we try our best to live according to His plan for our lives, according to His unpredictable, meticulous timing. Love for Him will enable us to live His word, profess it, bear witness to it confidently, and spread it. We are meant to make saints of one another, to bring each other closer to Heaven. Living our call to love and service of one another as the children of God will bring about the Kingdom of Heaven attained through the power of the Cross which unites us all.
Lord God, thank You for Your Son’s death on a cross for us. Help us to surrender ourselves to You and to see You in all aspects of life. We bring You the desires of our hearts; purify them solely for You and what You will of us in our lives. Give us grace to bring each other closer to You. Give us strength and courage to walk with one another, united with Christ’s suffering on Calvary Hill. Amen.