Friday of the 2nd week of Lent
Matthew 21:33-43,45-46The challenge for the Lenten Season is to align one's life with Jesus and to make a stand on what he stood for as against those who harbor hatred, vengeance, and self - destruction.
We need to uproot selfishness, greed, hatred, and violence by knowing the core of sin and have the courage to rue it:
First, sin does not create; it destroys creation. We need to be stewards of God and help create and build all for the service of others.
Second, sin does not give; it simply receives. We need an attitude and a lifestyle of giving. "It is in giving that we receive."
and third, sin exults self rather than God. "Let us kill so we can claim inheritance for ourselves" is a sure formula for eternal punishment. There is no space for us at the center of things; give everything to God.