Monday of the Third Week of Lent
Readings of the day: RB 28 The Treatment of Those Who RelapseMass: 2 K 5:1-15ab; Resp Ps 42-43; Lk 4:24-30 But Jesus passed through the midst of them and went away.
Picture if you will the scene in today’s Gospel. I see this: Jesus speaks to the people. He challenges their way of thinking and doing. Not liking what Jesus has to say, the people become filled with fury—they rise up, drive him out of town, lead him to the brow of a hill ready to hurl him down headlong! Jesus calmly passes by and goes away. Meanwhile, the people are busy quarreling among themselves and don’t even notice Jesus’ absence.
A few things to ponder during this Third Week of Lent:
How do we respond to correction? Are we indignant wanting to dismiss the messenger; drive her away from our midst? Are we busy making excuses for our behavior? Does our pride get in the way of growing in relationship with God and those with whom we live and work? Can we admit we have made mistakes or are wrong?Boasting of God is perfect and complete when we take no pride in our own righteousness but acknowledge that we are utterly lacking in true righteousness and have been made righteous only by faith in Christ.
(St Basil the Great)