Lent Day 22: On Pride

Collect: Grant, we pray, O Lord, that, schooled through Lenten observance and nourished by your word, through holy restraint we may be devoted to you with all our heart and be ever united in prayer.

Wednesdays are usually good days for me this semester. It’s a simple day; work, lunch or daily Mass, more work, choir rehearsal, then Bible study.

Bible study is always the fun part. It was a small group, and since we have spring break next week, I brought macarons and taiyaki for the group. We went over the readings for Laetare Sunday (as an aside, sort of disappointed I’ll be missing the Solemn High Mass for Laetare Sunday, but I’ll be in Florida so we’ll just see how that goes).

The readings for Sunday all come down to this: God loves us. Even when faced with all our sins, God loves us. It is inexplicable, and we just have to accept it. We who are undeserving of that love are called to spread that love to others; receiving for nothing calls for giving for nothing.

On the flip side, not accepting or saying one is unworthy of that love is the sin of pride. It is merely the opposite side of denying God; they are the same sin. Pride is placing one’s self above God, which of course is never true. Saying one is unworthy of love is denying God’s plan, hence placing one’s self above that plan. Let us be aware of resisting such temptation, and let us accept the mysteries and accept all our blessings wholeheartedly.

Also, congrats to my cousin and her roommates on winning a talent show. A Capella is cool.

Have a blessed Lent.

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