March 15, 2022

How is Christ calling me to be humble today? In what ways may I be a better servant to others?

From the beginning of the prophet Isaiah’s testimony, we read the instruction that calls us to change our lives and turns our attention to aim for God’s justice and care of others. Noted in A Year with Eymard: Day by Day, Saint Peter Julian Eymard said, “We must pray, perform every Christian work because God commands it and wants it.”

It may be difficult at times to preach and practice our faith authentically. It is a challenge for our words to be close to the heart of our service and care for other people. Jesus gave an examination of conscience to the scribes and Pharisees because of the important witness they should be giving to the community. Leadership comes with standards based on humble service and making sure that God’s word is lived well. Each day we strive to demonstrate authenticity.

Isaiah and Jesus ask us to look into our lives to make things right. Through our prayer and worship, we come to ask for forgiveness for the times we failed to do what is good. We should practice this discipline of stewardship during Lent so that we grow from our inadequate living to be a more perfect example of one doing God’s mission. Let us recall how we put God’s justice and care into practice, especially addressing the needs of orphans and widows.

Psalm 50 invites us to correct our sight and praise in a way that glories God. We glorify God when we humbly serve. So, we return to the questions above from today’s Reflection and pray in our hearts to humbly seek and renew to be better.

Let Us Pray:

Lord God, whose love in humble service guides our every human need, teaches us to be gracious in caring for the needs of our sisters and brothers. Help us be open to changing our hearts and minds, especially when we have closed our vision to others. May we serve you completely and renew our lives in your goodness through Christ our Lord.


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About John Thomas Lane, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Lane is pastor of his home parish, Saint Paschal Baylon, Highland Heights, Ohio. He writes and speaks regular on liturgy, has written two books for LTP, a four time member on the team of authors for Sourcebook, worked in a diocesan worship office and is an associate member of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC). He has degrees in education, music, theology and liturgy and also served his religious order as vocation minister. Contact him at jtlanesss@gmail.com or (440) 442-3410 extension 111.