By Bro. Warren Perrotto, MSC
At all times, and in all his actions, Jesus was focused on the mission given to him by the Father to be carried out on earth. The highest priority of his life was to do the will of the Father. His witness to the love and compassion of the Father was for all of God’s people, summoning them to love God and neighbor, to live the beatitudes in a generous commitment to the service of human needs, living out and building up the Kingdom of God here on earth. Jesus lived this mission before God and has entrusted this undertaking to us. Let us take time to evaluate how we, individually, are faithful in our responsibility to carry out Jesus’ mission.
Jesus maps out for us the path to seek first the Kingdom of God. We need to place our total dependence on God, the Source of every good gift, who loved us with a human heart. It is about the presence of a loving and compassionate God who is the source of our lives and who saves His people. He accepts us as we are, despite our temptations, weaknesses, and sins. We have no need to fear his presence. He asks us to trust him, to come to him as we are with our whole being. We must believe him and trust him.
Jesus tells us to take up our crosses and follow him. He also tells us, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But store up treasures in heaven … For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.” (Mt. 6:19-21) When praying, Jesus asks to pray with a sincere heart, not with an attitude for others to see. He appeals for the purity of worship. The same applies to fasting and works of charity. Jesus cautions us about judging others and to strive for justice and peace in the world. We are to treat others in ways we would like to have them treat us. We are to live the beatitudes. Indeed, the Gospels provide many more values for entering prayer and meditation. One need only apply to oneself those things that call for change and improvement in one’s life. Let us pray constantly that we may persevere in our resolve during this holy time. With the help of the Trinity, the intercession of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and St. Joseph, our Lent will be fruitful, and on Easter morning we will rise with Christ as a better person.