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Reflection for Lent: "I answer you"


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15/03/2018: United States


The Marist Brothers Novitiate community is sponsoring a weekly written reflection series for Lent.

Each week, a member of the Marist College community will share their reflection on a scripture from the readings of the week. We pray that this Lent be a blessed time of recollection and prayer for you.

This week’s reflection is by Brittany Hampton, a student at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY.




Exactly one month ago, we began our Lenten journey. We are now more than halfway to reaching the holiest day of the year, Easter Sunday!

In today’s first reading The Lord says, “In a time of favor I answer you, on the day of salvation I help you.” Is it not then our duty to show our gratefulness? The Lord is constantly there for us every step of the way, listening to us and loving us unconditionally. He doesn’t take any days off and responds to our every need. Find time today to thank the Lord for where you are today and for His guidance through every step of the way.

He says, “To those in darkness: come out!” Maybe it’s been a while since you last had a conversation with the Lord. Take some to think about the sacrifices you set out to make or the Lenten goals you set out to achieve at the beginning of this journey. Have you been able to keep with these and sacrifices and goals, or have you faced some challenges along the way? Maybe you started off this Lent saying, “I’m going to pray every single day.” Maybe the stresses of life kicked in, and you weren’t able to commit to this. Do not beat yourself up; our Lord is forgiving. Take time today to have that conversation. It could be the first one, or maybe the one hundred millionth one, but He wants to hear from you. Tell Him about your joys, your sorrows, your struggles, and your accomplishments. It can be as simple as a five-minute check-in or as elaborate as a deep meditation. Either way, God is waiting to listen with open ears.

In the gospel, Jesus says, “I cannot do anything on my own; I judge as I hear, and my judgment is just, because I do not seek my own will but the will of the one who sent me.” We are all called to carry out the Lord’s work. What can you do today or for the rest of this Lenten season that shows you are carrying out His will? Is there something you need to improve? Reflect on this during your prayer with Him today.

Brittany Hampton is a student at Marist College, currently spending spring break with the Marist College Global Outreach team and Marist Young Adults on a collaborative ministry experience in Merida, Mexico.

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