2017 Busy Catholic’s Online Lenten Retreat
Living Lent With Love
Sunday, March 26
As he passed by Jesus saw a man blind from birth…. [H]e spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva, and smeared the clay on his eyes, and said to him, “Go wash in the Pool of Siloam”…. So he went and washed, and came back able to see. …[T]he Pharisees…said to him, “…We know that this man is a sinner.” He replied, “If he is a sinner, I do not know. One thing I do know is that I was blind and now I see…. If this man were not from God, he would not be able to do anything.” They answered and said to him, “You were born totally in sin, and are you trying to teach us?” Then they threw him out…. When Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, he found him and said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” He answered and said, “Who is he, sir, that I may believe?” Jesus said to him, “…the one speaking with you is he.” He said, “I do believe,”…. Then Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment, so that those who do not see might see, and those who do see might become blind.” Some of the Pharisees …heard this and said to him, “Surely we are not also blind, are we?” Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you are saying, ‘We see,’ so your sin remains.”
Pope Francis’s Reflection
How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points? This is a case of exclusion…. Today everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest…. We have created a “throw away” culture which is now spreading. It is no longer simply about exploitation and oppression, but something new. …[T]hose excluded are no longer society’s underside or its fringes or its disenfranchised—they are no longer even a part of society.
(Apostolic Exhortation/The Joy of the Gospel #53)
Let us pray.
Loving God, I certainly don’t like to be left out, to be ignored, dismissed or overlooked. Yet sometimes my attitudes or actions may make others feel that they’re invisible or without worth or that their presence counts for nothing. Remind me, and often, that you are a God without borders. That there is a place for everyone at your banquet table. That the only requirement is to simply show up and know oneself as God’s beloved. Amen.
Material in this year’s online retreat is excerpted with permission from Living Lent with Love.
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