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March 29, 2017

Is 49:8 – 15

Thus says the Lord:
In a time of favor I have answered you,
on a day of salvation I have helped you;
I have kept you and given you
as a covenant to the people,
to establish the land,
to apportion the desolate heritages;
saying to the prisoners, “Come out,”
to those who are in darkness, “Show yourselves.”
They shall feed along the ways,
on all the bare heights shall be their pasture;
they shall not hunger or thirst,
neither scorching wind nor sun shall strike them down,
for he who has pity on them will lead them,
and by springs of water will guide them.
And I will turn all my mountains into a road,
and my highways shall be raised up.
Lo, these shall come from far away,
and lo, these from the north and from the west,
and these from the land of Syene.

Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth;
break forth, O mountains, into singing!
For the Lord has comforted his people,
and will have compassion on his suffering ones.

But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me,
my Lord has forgotten me.”
Can a woman forget her nursing child,
or show no compassion for the child of her womb?
Even these may forget,
yet I will not forget you.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Looking Beyond Appearances

In today’s first reading, God reminds us about the theme of our school year—human dignity—through describing how people usually view others by judging their appearance. God sees each person not only on the outside, but through his or her heart inside. We often hold ourselves back from viewing people for who they really are, so we should strive to look past appearances this Lenten season and attempt to accept others for their personalities and differences. We should not judge others only by a couple of actions or stories friends have told us about them that might have repelled us.

Along with others, each of us occasionally finds ourselves reluctant to get to know someone because of their appearance, but we invite you to try and push past that barrier with me. Throughout the day, I challenge you to reflect upon who you have judged in the past. Before Lent is over, try to reach out to one or more of those persons, and greet them in an attempt to brighten their day.

Andrew Voras and Joseph Weber are members of the Junior Pastoral Team at St. Louis U. High.

Prayer

Love consists in sharing
what one has
and who one is
with those one loves.
Love ought to show itself in deeds
more than in words.

—St. Ignatius Loyola

 


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March 29, 2017

Is 49:8 – 15

Thus says the Lord:
In a time of favor I have answered you,
on a day of salvation I have helped you;
I have kept you and given you
as a covenant to the people,
to establish the land,
to apportion the desolate heritages;
saying to the prisoners, “Come out,”
to those who are in darkness, “Show yourselves.”
They shall feed along the ways,
on all the bare heights shall be their pasture;
they shall not hunger or thirst,
neither scorching wind nor sun shall strike them down,
for he who has pity on them will lead them,
and by springs of water will guide them.
And I will turn all my mountains into a road,
and my highways shall be raised up.
Lo, these shall come from far away,
and lo, these from the north and from the west,
and these from the land of Syene.

Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth;
break forth, O mountains, into singing!
For the Lord has comforted his people,
and will have compassion on his suffering ones.

But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me,
my Lord has forgotten me.”
Can a woman forget her nursing child,
or show no compassion for the child of her womb?
Even these may forget,
yet I will not forget you.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Looking Beyond Appearances

In today’s first reading, God reminds us about the theme of our school year—human dignity—through describing how people usually view others by judging their appearance. God sees each person not only on the outside, but through his or her heart inside. We often hold ourselves back from viewing people for who they really are, so we should strive to look past appearances this Lenten season and attempt to accept others for their personalities and differences. We should not judge others only by a couple of actions or stories friends have told us about them that might have repelled us.

Along with others, each of us occasionally finds ourselves reluctant to get to know someone because of their appearance, but we invite you to try and push past that barrier with me. Throughout the day, I challenge you to reflect upon who you have judged in the past. Before Lent is over, try to reach out to one or more of those persons, and greet them in an attempt to brighten their day.

Andrew Voras and Joseph Weber are members of the Junior Pastoral Team at St. Louis U. High.

Prayer

Love consists in sharing
what one has
and who one is
with those one loves.
Love ought to show itself in deeds
more than in words.

—St. Ignatius Loyola

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!