Tuesday in the Second Week of Lent, Year B
02 March 2021
Reading:Psalm 22: 23-31
Scripture: “You who fear the Lord, praise Him!…The poor shall eat and be satisfied: those who seek him shall praise the Lord. May your hearts live forever!” (Psalm 22: 23 & 26)
Reflection: One of my mentees is a young lady who grew up in the church, but has somehow strayed a bit from her faith. Over the past couple of years, I have seen within her, a burning desire to return to God. The problem is, she is a popular girl, and highly regarded as an ‘influencer’ on social media, and I can see her grappling with what she believes she will have to give up in order to follow Christ. What others may think or believe still holds great weight in her heart and impacts her behaviour. I can only encourage her to taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, how good is He, and how wonderful He has been to me.
God’s gifts and blessings are not for me only, either. They are freely given, and there is enough for everyone! He wants us all to come to Him. We are His children and He has no desire to see us perish as He wants us to sit in paradise with Him. There is a sense of peace found in Christ that satisfies the soul. The poor shall eat and be satisfied. He will provide all our needs. It can be difficult to understand if we are confused about what “needs” are. By definition, needs are those things that, of necessity, we must have, like air, for example, if we are concerned about our salvation and living for eternity, and taking our rightful place at God’s side. The things that are necessary can only be found in Christ, and those things to which we now give our attention, determine where our souls will go for eternity.
During this journey through Lent, we have another opportunity, a fresh chance to examine ourselves and reflect on the things that are important to us. Are they leading us closer to Christ? Do they guarantee us a seat in His presence? Nothing can separate us from God’s love and He loves us no matter what we do, but He is also a God that gives us free will to choose. Where we go after our earthly sojourn is entirely up to us. Where is your journey leading you?
Meditation: “Don’t look too far to see how good this God is…Just look to see what He’s doing in my life. His name is Jesus Christ.” (Mary Tornyenyor}
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for continuing to nudge and prod us to move in the right direction, once we open our hearts to You. Amen.
The St. Jude’s Writers
St. Jude’s Church
Anglican Diocese of Jamaica and The Cayman Islands
02 March 2021