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March 22, 2019

We are almost finished with two weeks of Lent and tensions may be challenging us: it’s another fast day from meat, another day to focus on our prayer and alms giving. Today’s readings invite us to review the deep-seated evil of jealousy that challenges us. A special spiritual director challenged me once to look at why I was focusing so much on what “they” were doing and the behaviors that bothered me. The director said, “You keep looking ‘greener.’” When I said, “It’s not Saint Paddy’s Day,” he retorted back, “I’m talking about green with envy and jealousy.”

Joseph’s brothers couldn’t stand Israel’s favorite son. Jesus relates a parable to the crowds to look into their own envy and jealousy that can take over their lives. Jealousy keeps us from seeing or experiencing the blessing of others and having a “right” relationship with one another.

The “green machine” can be active and ugly. Lent is a chance to get this in check for good year-round living. What left over “green” is inhibiting us from progressing with a family member, co-worker, or someone in our circle? Do we even go to the level of behavior where we say something negative and nasty about someone to make others question and make them look bad? Can we see the other(s) we envy or have jealousy toward? Do we need some assistance from a guru in our lives? Can we see what blessings “the other” offers us? Can we honestly ask ourselves (perhaps in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament) why does “so-and-so” bother me so?

Then, rather than throwing the person into a well, let us recognize the gifts that the person has as a member of the body of Christ. Let us see that we are the hand and they are the foot and both are necessary in Christ’s body.

Let Us Pray:

Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that, purifying us by the sacred practice of penance,
you may lead us in sincerity of heart
to attain the holy things to come.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

 

Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)

 


About John Thomas Lane, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father John Thomas Lane is the pastor of his home parish, Saint Paschal Baylon Church in Highland Heights, Ohio. He has degrees in education, music, theology, and liturgy and speaks and writes regularly about vocations and liturgical theology and ministry. For questions or further materials, please contact him at jtlanesss@gmail.com.