Collect: Keep your family, O Lord, schooled always in good works, and so comfort them with your protection here as to lead them graciously to gifts on high.
Today was well, a wet Wednesday. It was simple though; work, lunch, more work, choir, then Bible study.
Our Bible studies are more of an analysis for the next Sunday Mass readings, so we looked over the readings for the Third Sunday of Lent. It was interesting trying to relate the 10 Commandments to Jesus forcing the merchants out of the Temple. We then discussed the rules of the Church, and how they are like the rules of a Mother.
Holy Mother Church cares for us in ways we cannot comprehend. The rules of God are not meant to constrain us; rather, they are meant to open our eyes to the freedom to do what is right. Namely, the freedom to love properly. The freedom to love God more fully in order so that we may see God in others and in giving ourselves totally to God, we may be able to give ourselves totally to others.
That of course, is tough, but we have our entire lives to learn how to do that.
And now, we are halfway there through the 2nd week of Lent.
” When Jesus speaks in his parables of the shepherd who goes after the lost sheep, of the woman who looks for the lost coin, of the father who goes to meet and embrace his prodigal son, these are no mere words: they constitute an explanation of his very being and activity. His death on the Cross is the culmination of that turning of God against himself in which he gives himself in order to raise man up and save him. This is love in its most radical form” ~Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI