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Lenten reflection, day 14

Today the readings point us in the direction of trusting in God and being in union with the presence of God.

Jeremiah compares those who put all their trust in the things of this world to a barren bush in the desert. It has no future because the things of this world are temporary. But the person who trusts in the Lord is like a tree planted near clean running water. With such a water source, it has a bright future and grows strong. God is the source that always sustains!

We do well to pay heed to Jeremiah. We need to nourish our spiritual lives by prayer and good works in order to be able to live generously and charitably. Otherwise we could end up like the fellow in Jesus’ story about the rich man and the poor and sickly Lazarus. The rich man in the story came to his senses, but by then it was too late.

Who are the people in your life who need you? Perhaps someone you haven’t spoken with in a long while, someone with whom you have severed ties, or someone you know who is lonely or ill. Act. The Lord calls us to do so—and in union with Him.

Father Edward Vella, C.Ss.R.
Oconomowoc, Wis.

Scripture readings for today: Jeremiah 17:5-10; Psalm 1; Luke 16:19-31