Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Lent I Wednesday

An excellent way to end any day is to engage in an examen, a practice encouraged by Saint Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. In an examen, we prayerfully consider the day just ended, to reflect on how and where God may have broken into our life.

Yes, an examen involves an examination of conscience- a review of how we may not have lived up to the Gospel's demands. But an examen is better understood as an examination of consciousness. It's done to become increasingly aware of how the subtle hand of God has been working in the circumstances we encounter, and in the depths of our hearts and souls.

It's all too easy to fail to notice God's activity in our midst, as today's gospel reminds us. Jesus had been teaching, preaching, and healing, but many people just didn't appreciate what was taking place. They failed to see that they were encountering and listening to the very Son of Man, even though he was standing right in front of them. And so they demanded to see signs- although ample signs had already been given. Jesus went so far as to label this as "evil."

Jesus challenges us today to stop, look, and listen, so we can appreciate what God is doing- and has been doing- in our lives, and in the world around us. So we can rejoice in the saving activity of God. So we can know how close the Lord is to us. So we can understand just how much we are loved.

(My book of daily meditations for Lent is now available from Ave Maria Press:https://www.avemariapress.com/product/1-59471-363-4/The-Living-Gospel-Daily-Devotions-for-Lent-2013/ It is available also at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Daily-Devotions-Lent-Living-Gospel/dp/1594713634/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335995419&sr=8-1 )

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