Leprosy and Selfishness
In the first reading today from the book of Genesis, God says to Noah and his sons: “See, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants.” God desires a relationship, a covenant, with each one of us. He established an intimate covenant with humanity through the life, death and resurrection of His only Son. These days of Lent are our opportunity to renew and strengthen this covenant with God.
The forty days of Lent remind us of today’s Gospel where Jesus remained in the desert for forty days. As that time in the desert was to fortify Jesus for his upcoming public ministry, allow these Lenten days to fortify your relationship with God. These are special days to grow in faith and to become stronger in resisting the temptations of the devil.
The Lenten practices of praying, fasting and almsgiving are to refocus our lives on God and others. They are practices whose focus is outside ourselves and our personal wants. Likewise, the Corporal Works of Mercy move us outside ourselves to show mercy to the needy. This week we will focus on the first two Corporal Works of Mercy: Feeding the Hungry and Giving Drink to the Thirsty. This week fast from treats like Starbucks or fast food and put the money you’d spend in your CRS Rice Bowl. Engaging in some simply fasts is a way to connect with Jesus who fasted in the desert 40 days. It is also a way to connect with others around the world who go to bed every night with empty stomachs. Fasting can make a difference for the hungry and thirsty. It can also make us more appreciate of what we have. Peace.