Third Monday of Lent

Third Monday of LENT
March 16, 2020

WORD of the DAY

And he said, “Amen, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own native place. Indeed, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah when the sky was closed for three and a half years and a severe famine spread over the entire land. It was to none of these that Elijah was sent, but only to a widow in Zarephath in the land of Sidon. Again, there were many lepers in Israel during the time of Elisha the prophet; yet not one of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.” When the people in the synagogue heard this, they were all filled with fury. They rose up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town had been built, to hurl him down headlong. But he passed through the midst of them and went away. (Luke 4: 24-30)

How shall I live this Word?

After having introduced his discourse while He was in the synagogue of Nazareth, Jesus affirms a piercing truth. Often, God’s help does not proceed as we expect it to. Here the text speaks of a deadly drought. However, through the prophet Elijah, God helps a poor widow who did not belong to the people of Israel. This fact is interesting because it tells us of the attention of an infinitely good God who embraces all of humanity, especially the poor and abandoned.
Lord, thank You for the breadth of Your provident love. Grant that I too may never close myself in on my egotistical needs, but may have Your grace to give me a sensitive heart, attentive to the needs of the poorest.

The voice of Gandhi, Indian politician and philosopher
Happiness does not come from possessing a great many things, but comes from pride in our work. Poverty can be overcome with a constructive system and it is fundamentally important to fight injustice even at the cost of one’s life.
Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy E-mail: Website: Blog: Comment by Sr. Maria Pia Giudici, FMA

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