WEDNESDAY OF THE FIFTH WEEK OF LENT
How do we show that we are men and women for others? How do we show that we are devoted to our faith and to doing the work that we are called to as disciples? I have been taught that the season of Lent is to be about growing in our relationship with God our father, and preparing for the celebration of Easter. For it is in the days leading up to Easter, that Jesus gave his life for us so that we may be saved. Knowing that He made this ultimate sacrifice for us, how is it that we struggle to honor Him and thank Him in even the simplest ways from day-to-day?
How difficult it can be to do something as simple as praying before a meal even when you are not sure that the people around you have the same beliefs as you do, or to play that Christian music station when your friends have already said that they don’t like listening to that music? Why is it that it is so easy to stay up an extra hour to watch that episode of that one TV show that you cannot live without but it is so hard to wake up twenty minutes earlier to say a rosary or stop into a chapel on campus to thank God for another beautiful day? Why is it that we keep finding ourselves in the position of Peter when he denied Jesus three times, as opposed to being like the three men in today’s reading from the book of Daniel who stood by their belief in God even when they knew that it would mean death? These men were strong in their faith and were willing to tell who ever asked that they believed in the one true God and would not pretend to worship any other statues or ideals.
The three men in the book of Daniel were true disciples of God, and because of their faith, God saved them from death. Today, we already know that God has a place for us in heaven because of the death and resurrection of Jesus on Easter. Now we must hold up our end of the covenant that God has with us: we must be His disciples and not be afraid to share our faith with others by proclaiming in a way of our own, “Blessed are you, O Lord…praiseworthy and exalted above all for all ages” (Dn 3:52).
Katelyn Seroka is a junior in the Communication Sciences and Disorders (Speech Pathology) program and minoring in Special Education and Catholic Studies.