FRIDAY 1ST WEEK
Brennan Ferris, C '17
"For with the Lord is kindness, with him is full redemption,
and God will redeem Israel from all their sins."
Psalm 130: 7-8
Are we living lives full of virtue or of vice? Do we refuse God's way when it gets hard, and fall into an easier, more sinful way? Are we ministers of mercy? God is calling each and every one of us to a life full of virtue and purity. This is not the easy path. It is the harder path that we are inclined to drift away from, from time to time. Our Lord knows our weaknesses. Our Lord is filled with mercy. He knows that we will slip up on the path and will fall into vice. Knowing this, He is always ready to forgive us and love us. Jesus Christ, Our Lord, died on the cross in order that we may be forgiven. Even when we sin, Our Lord is there ready to forgive us and show us mercy. We are all sinners and we can-not escape this, but if we place our lives into the hands of the Blessed Virgin Mary and into the hands of her Son, Jesus Christ, we may live lives that are witnesses to this mercy and witnesses to the love that God has for us. During this Lenten season, let us look at the cross as the symbol of forgiveness and love. Let us ask Mary, who stands at the foot of the cross, to reconcile us to her Son. As we continue on this journey of repentance let us keep the cross close to our hearts and minds so we may always remember His love for us.
Dear Lord, I am sorry for not always living the life You want me to live. Through the suffering and death of Your only Son, we are reconciled to You. Thank You Father for forgiving us and giving us eternal life. Lord, through the intercession of the Immaculate Virgin, may we always strive to take up our Crosses and be witnesses to the love and mercy You have for us. Amen.
Ez 18: 21-28, Ps 130: 1-8; Mt 5: 20-26