Daily Advent Reflection
The College of New Rochelle
Monday, March 10, 2014
On this the first Monday in Lent, one of the most powerful Gospels is presented. We will be judged for our actions throughout our lifetime. On a large scale we can donate to charity to feed and clothe the poor, but what about our everyday actions? Maybe the best place to begin is with the people in our everyday lives, our family, community and colleagues. The Gospel is about judgment but we also are aware that God is merciful. His love compels us to treat others with mercy and kindness.
I recently read a story about a young man in prison who had completely given up hope. He states that nothing matters, to which his godmother replies that he matters to her. You matter to me. Reading those words was a transformative experience for me. This is love, one person mattering to another.
Our Lenten promises are our own, but we can try to practice everyday decency, humility and gratitude. What is what is required from us in both the readings and the Gospel is our shared humanity. You matter to me- words of great power.