Mass Readings: Isaiah 1:10, 16-20/Matthew 23:1-12
I much prefer the Mass readings that speak only “love” because that can be such a vague word that demands little or no action on my part. A kind thought perhaps. A quick prayer. A sympathetic nod. But today’s selection from Isaiah tells the Israelites (and me!) to “make justice your aim: redress the wronged, hear the orphan’s plea, defend the widow.” I’m supposed to do something. A bunch of “somethings.”
It’s pesky “reality” bumping “theory” out of the way. In theory as a Catholic I . . . But to really practice my Catholicism I need to . . . To what? During Lent the Church is calling me to stop and look at my life and honestly appraise how I’m living God’s command to love others. Especially those most in need of help.
Prayer: Nudge me into action, Holy Spirit. Help me help someone else today.