When we were kids, obedience was the law of the land. Decisions were made for us when it came to fair play, the daily schedule and what was for dinner. And, if we ever had the nerve to question the almighty, she would simply respond “because I am your mother and I said so.” Though this was not always the easiest or in our eyes the most fair response to our demands and questions as children, there was something comforting in hearing those words: because I am your mother. It was not until I became older that I realized her strictness was devotion, her rules were love, her decisions were in our best interest and that obedience to her was merited if not because of these things, then just because she was our mother.
There are many practices that Catholics observe during Lent -- giving up something for 40 days, fasting, and abstaining from meat on Fridays. These are traditions allow us to suffer with Christ, as He did for us, so that we may one day enter into Heaven with Him.
In today’s Gospel, in regards to Jesus, who is speaking in Jerusalem, some inhabitants say, “But we know where he is from. When the Christ comes, no one will know where he is from.” It appears as if these inhabitants had created their own image of Christ in their minds and had a set expectation of who Christ should be. Jesus responds by explaining, "You know me and also know where I am from. Yet I did not come on my own, but the one who sent me, whom you do not know, is true. I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me." Jesus tries to explain to them that although they might know which town he is from, they do not realize that God is true and he sent Jesus. In the busyness of our own lives, I feel that God’s presence tends to go unnoticed. It is so easy to forget how God’s hand may have influenced something good that may have happened to us. This Lenten season, it is important for us to continue to acknowledge God’s presence in our own lives and the lives of those around us. Today, I ask you to reflect on something good, no matter how big or small, that happened to you yesterday. Can you recognize God’s presence in your day?
Today is an interesting day in history. Sandwiched between the modern holiday of “Pi day” and the traditional holiday of St. Patrick’s Day is the Ides of March. Ides indicates the 15th day in a 31-day month, but for Julius Caesar it was a really bad day! The church scholars have chosen readings for this day that are dark and a warning for us. In the old testament we hear Moses trying to save his people who have reacted to the strains in their lives by taking a moral turn for the worse. God is tempted to blow them up and start again. Moses pleads with God and gets another chance for his people to follow the path for the chosen people.