FIFTH WEEK OF LENT
Class of 2016
Class of 2016
Is Sin Blocking Our Path To The Lord? Do We Put Him First?
“Blessed are You, O Lord, the God of our fathers, praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.” Daniel 3:52
As believers in Christ, we are called to follow Him and put Him first, before everything and everyone. Sometimes, this can be difficult to do, especially in the midst of a society that values worldly desires and can be full of temptations. These temptations can come in all forms and types, from overindulging in food or alcohol, to procrastinating on a paper by binge watching Netflix. However, it is entirely possible to sidestep these traps, with God’s help and stay on the path that leads to Him. We are blessed enough have a God who loves us so immensely that, in times when we fail, He gives us the opportunity to receive forgiveness in the sacrament of reconciliation.
As followers of Jesus, we are called to remain in His word in both what we say and do. If we do so, then we will truly be His disciples and will discern His truth. And, as scripture goes, the truth will set you free. But free from what, exactly? Well, in the Gospel today, Jesus claims that “everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin” (John 8:34). Sin traps us and keeps our focus on anything but God. This can be seen in the first reading in which three companions of Daniel: Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, refuse to worship the golden statue that King Nebuchadnezzar had built. As punishment, they all are cast into a white hot furnace, but remain unscathed because of their faith and sacrifice. In our everyday lives, the “golden statue” can represent anything that we worship before God, such as material items, celebrities, or even our-selves. If we cling to our possessions, we may forget that the true gift our soul needs is not the newest iPhone or car, but Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. If we idolize people, we may forget that God’s plan for us is not conforming to celebrities’ ideals, fantasies, and false desires. If we idolize ourselves, we may forget that pride and self-love are the root of all sin and causes us to turn away from God. Are you willing to have the same courage of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego for your faith?
Lord, help us to see and follow the path that leads to You, and only You. Help us to reject sin and not fall for its deathly trap. Amen.
Dn 3:14-20, 91-92,95 Dn 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56 Jn 8:31-42