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Monday, 10 March 2014

Lent 2014 Reflections: Monday, 10th March 2014

Monday, 10th March 2014

Reading 1, Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18

1 Yahweh spoke to Moses and said:
2 'Speak to the whole community of Israelites and say: "Be holy, for I, Yahweh your God, am holy.
11 "You will not steal, nor deal deceitfully or fraudulently with your fellow-citizen.
12 You will not swear by my name with intent to deceive and thus profane the name of your God. I am Yahweh.
13 You will not exploit or rob your fellow. You will not keep back the labourer's wage until next morning.
14 You will not curse the dumb or put an obstacle in the way of the blind, but will fear your God. I am Yahweh.
15 "You will not be unjust in administering justice. You will neither be partial to the poor nor overawed by the great, but will administer justice to your fellow-citizen justly.
16 You will not go about slandering your own family, nor will you put your neighbour's life in jeopardy. I am Yahweh.
17 You will not harbour hatred for your brother. You will reprove your fellow-countryman firmly and thus avoid burdening yourself with a sin.


18 You will not exact vengeance on, or bear any sort of grudge against, the members of your race, butwill love your neighbour as yourself. I am Yahweh.

Reflection by Kim Lee:
So often we are faced with decisions in life that can lead us both ways. We have all the options open to us, and there may be a few good options we can take, but not necessarily the best options to serve God. Sometimes, we even take the wrong path. This reading reminds us that we must look to God for guidance in these times and ask the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us to making the right decision in co-operation with God's will. God is the ultimate good, and we must remember that He is LOVE. In knowing this, we must also believe it, and then share it with others. This is not just a duty, but a joy and a source of great spiritual nourishment. We were made to serve, and to give to one another, so let us be fraternally loving towards one another, in imitation of the love that our Lord has for us - unconditional love. We are not perfect, so when we fall, just remember that it is how we get up that makes us truly children of God. Remember how Peter said he'd die for Jesus, yet denied him three times, and then we still see in Matthew 16:18 that it was Peter who was chosen as the rock to build the Church on. 

Lent Giving: Be true to yourself and pray to the Holy Spirit for guidance this Lent to do what is right, because it is the right thing to do, and not for other motivations. 

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