Moved to Greater Love
Moved to Greater Love

Tuesday, March 4

Today’s Grace

I ask for the grace to trust that God will not be outdone in generosity.

Scripture/Reading

Readings via the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops website.

Reading 1: 1 Peter 1:13-16
sunriseBeloved:
set your hopes completely on the grace to be brought to you
at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Like obedient children,
do not act in compliance with the desires of your former ignorance
but, as he who called you is holy,
be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct,
for it is written, Be holy because I am holy.

Gospel: Mk 10:28-31
Peter began to say to Jesus,
“We have given up everything and followed you.”
Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you,
there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters
or mother or father or children or lands
for my sake and for the sake of the Gospel
who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age:
houses and brothers and sisters
and mothers and children and lands,
with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come.
But many that are first will be last, and the last will be first.”

Reflection Questions

  1. Reflect on Mark 10:28-31. Has this been true in your life? Have you given up something big for God only to be given a hundredfold back from God? Speak with God about this.
  2. Spend a few minutes in quiet praise for the great generosity that God has shown you in your life.
  3. The paradox of Christian discipleship is that “the first will be last, and the last will be first.” In order to follow the Lord, we must become childlike, trusting and obedient. How am I being invited during this Lent to take on the attitude of gentle reverence and humility, dependent evermore profoundly in God’s immense love and grace?

Reflection

A Sense of Reverence from “Putting on the Heart of Christ” by Gerald M. Fagin, SJ:

Ignatius believed that anyone who prayerfully considers the basic truth that we are created out of love by a transcendent God of holiness will grow in a sense of reverence. We will have a deepened sense of the sacredness of all things if we think of everything as continually being called and sustained by God. We will stand in awe not just before sunsets and mountains, flowers and trees, but also, and especially, before every person we meet. Reverence is a disposition of heart that allows us to live before the beauty and goodness of every creature and the God who made them. In Ignatian terminology, reverence will enable us to find God in all things.

Music: “Earthen Vessels” by John Foley, SJ: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAZhIw49ULc

Other Resources

View the daily readings at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops website.

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