One of the things I’ve been wanting to do was to do a daily reflection, especially on days when I do not do OXYGEN. What better time than now, Lent, to start? After all, prayer is one of the three main acts during Lent, isn’t it? And what other form of prayer do I know that works for me?

So, here goes:

Monday, March 6 - First Week of Lent

Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18

The Lord spoke to Moses; he said: “Speak to the whole community of the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘Be holy, for I, the Lord your God, am holy.

“You must not steal nor deal deceitfully or fraudulently with your neighbour. You must not swear falsely by my name, profaning the name of you god. I am the Lord. You must not exploit or rob your neighbour. You must not keep back the labourer’s wage until next morning. You must not curse the dumb, nor put an obstacle in the blind man’s way, but you must fear your God. i am the Lord.

“You must not be guilty of unjust verdicts. You must neither be partial to the little man nor overawed by the great; you must pass judgement on your neighbour according to justice. You must not slander your own people, and you must not jeopardise your neighbour’s life. I am the Lord. You must not bear hatred for your brother in your heart. you must openly tell him, your neighbour, of his offence; this way you will not take a sin upon yourself. You must not exact vengeance, nor must you bear a grudge against the children of your people you must love your neighbour as yourself. I am the Lord.’”

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Psalm 18:8-10, 15; R: John 6:64

R: Your words are spirit, Lord, and they are life

1. The law of the Lord is perfect, it revives the soul.
    The rule of the Lord is to be trusted, it gives wisdom to the simple.

2. The precepts of the Lord are right, they gladden the heart.
    The command of the Lord is clear, it gives light to the eyes.

3. The fear of the Lord is holy, abiding for ever.
    The decrees of the Lord are truth and all of them just.

4. May the spoken words of my mouth, the thoughts of my heart,
    win favour in your sight, O Lord, my rescuer, my rock!

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Today’s first reading seems to be a list of do’s and don’ts. But it is the psalm that actually explains the reason for the first reading. The psalm tells us that the law of the Lord is perfect, and it gives wisdom to the simple.

The Israelites at that time were a simple bunch, so God gave them clear instructions of do’s and don’ts. When we were children, our parents too gave us a list of do’s and don’ts and which we followed. It was not until we were a bit older that we asked, “Why?” And if I remember correctly, our parents didn’t explain why until they thought we were old enough to understand.

The same it was with God and his people. I am sure that they asked “Why?” many times in their history, but it was not until God became man in the person of Jesus was their question answered. In the gospel reading, which I didn’t type out, Jesus explains that in the final judgement, we will be judged on what we do to and for our neighbour while we are alive.

And that is none other than the final line of today’s first reading… Ok, second-last line.

 

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