Tuesday of the First Week of Lent
I remember one day trying my best to show humility in the place where I work on campus, I had a little pocketbook of the “Personal Notes of St. Bernadette Soubirous” that Fr. Joel Derks gave to me before he passed away. I read to myself the section where St. Bernadette said, “I raised my eyes and saw nothing else but Jesus alone! Jesus alone for my goal, Jesus alone for my Master, Jesus alone for my Model, Jesus alone for my Guide, Jesus alone for my Joy, Jesus alone for my Riches, Jesus alone for my friend.” After reading this I said to the Lord “My Jesus, help me to be small so that I may decrease and you may increase within me.” After saying this little prayer, I heard one of my very good friends say, “I have my eyes on you!” Hearing the voice of God through her penetrated my heart.
Today’s responsorial psalm says, “From all their distress God rescues the just.” There are days when life is just too much, and we want to throw in the towel, especially with all that is going on in the world around us. But the warmth of God’s love urges us on toward the goal of Easter joy!
Always remember when out Lenten fast always seems out of reach and it feels like we can’t go on, we need to call upon the Lord to help us fight our temptations. When we are weak, He is strong!
Reflection by Br. Maximilian Burkhart, OSB