Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent

 A Lenten Renewal:
Reflections on the Mass readings in light of our daily lives
By Mother Marie Julie, SCMC
My Dear Good People,
In today’s first reading from the book of Deuteronomy, 4:1, 5-9, we hear about the statutes and decrees which God has given the People of the Covenant in the Old Testament. Moses tells the people not to let the word of God slip from [their] memory.
Then, in the reading from the Gospel of St. Matthew 5: 17-19, Jesus himself speaks about the commandments that have been given to us for our benefit. He says, Amen I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place. How sacred is every word spoken by God.
It makes me hearken to the prayer we pray at Mass just before Holy Communion. After the Priest says, “Behold the Lamb of God, behold Him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb,’ we respond,
Lord, I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.
Only say the word and my soul shall be healed!
We might pray, Jesus, what is Your word to me today, this day, the Word that will heal me? If we stop to listen very carefully as we walk toward the altar to receive the Word of God incarnate, we just might hear Him tell us. He might say,
Trust me with your life today.
Or I love you. You are mine.
Or, I have been waiting for you this long week past. I am so grateful to be able to come to you.
Or, I understand.
Then as the sacred host is entrusted to me, the one host in that ciborium that was consecrated only for me with all the graces I need for this day, this week, I hear that word again. When Mass is over, I leave the chapel or the church with that word in my heart all day long, a kind of mantra or pulse that guides me through the joys and difficulties of the day.
Sometimes the best prayer is the prayer we don’t say because we are listening so intently to the words of the Word of God, breathed in silence.
Blessed be the Lord. Blessed be His Word.
Blessed be the Word that heals me.
God bless you on this Lenten Wednesday.
“With Mary, our lives continually proclaim the greatness of the Lord and the joy experienced in rendering service to Him.”

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