Daily Devotional for Lent 2017 | Third Week of Lent
Third Week of Lent: Servants of the Lord
“’In everything we do, let us behave as servants of the Lord.’ If you give yourself as he wishes, the influence of grace will be apparent in your professional conduct, in your work, in your effort to divinize human things — be they great or small. For Love gives a new dimension to everything.
“But during this Lent, let us not forget that to be servants of God is no easy matter. The text from this Sunday’s epistle continues: ‘As God’s ministers we have to show great patience, in times of affliction, of need, of difficulty; under the lash, in prison, in the midst of tumult; when we are tired out, sleepless and fasting. We have to be pure-minded, enlightened, forgiving and gracious to others; we have to rely on the Holy Spirit, on unaffected love, on the truth of our message, on the power of God.’
“In the most varied activities of our day, in all situations, we must act as God’s servants, realizing that he is with us, that we are his children. We must be aware of the divine roots burrowing into our life and act accordingly.
“These words of the Apostle should make you happy, for they are, as it were, a ratification of your vocation as ordinary Christians in the middle of the world, sharing with other men — your equals — the enthusiasms, the sorrows and the joys of human life. All this is a way to God. What God asks of you is that you should, always, act as his children and servants.
“But these ordinary circumstances of life will be a divine way only if we really change ourselves, if we really give ourselves. For St Paul uses hard words. He promises that the Christian will have a hard life, a life of risk and of constant tension. How we disfigure Christianity if we try to turn it into something nice and comfortable! But neither is it true to think that this deep, serious way of life, which is totally bound up with all the difficulties of human existence, is something full of anguish, oppression or fear.
“The Christian is a realist. His supernatural and human realism helps him appreciate all the aspects of his life: sorrow and joy, his own and other people’s suffering, certainty and doubt, generosity and selfishness. The Christian experiences all this, and he confronts it all, with human integrity and with the strength he receives from God.”
St. Josemaria Escriva
Christ is Passing By, no. 60
The St. Josemaria Institute Daily Devotional for Lent 2017 –
brief Lenten readings to help you each day spend 15-30 prayerful minutes with our Lord:
Third Sunday of Lent
“Lord, you are truly the Savior of the world; give me living water, that I may never thirst again.” (Jn 4:42, 15)
As you reflect on today’s Gospel, and begin a new week of Lent, ask yourself this question and seek sincere answers: “Why stoop to drink from the puddles of worldly consolations if you can satisfy your thirst with waters that spring up into life everlasting?” (The Way, no. 148).
Monday of the Third Week of Lent
Today’s Readings (Solemnity of St. Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary):
“Blessed are those who dwell in your house, O Lord; they never cease to praise you.” (Ps 84:5)
Today, reflect on the life of St. Joseph and on the demands of your ordinary daily life, and take comfort knowing that: “St. Joseph, a father to Christ, is also your father and your lord. Have recourse to him” (The Way, no. 559).
Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent
“Even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart; for I am gracious and merciful.” (Jl 2:12-13)
“Have you ever stopped to consider the enormous sum that many small amounts can come to?” (The Way, no. 827). After reading and contemplating today’s Gospel, ask God to help you see the small things that He forgives in your life daily… and then to see how much that amounts to when you sum up all the days of your life until now.
Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent
“Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life; you have the words of everlasting life.” (Jn 6:63c;68c)
“Long faces, coarse manners, a ridiculous appearance, a repelling air. Is that how you hope to inspire others to follow Christ?” (The Way, no. 661) Ask God to help you see how your Lenten resolutions are bringing you closer to Him, and also how joyfully fulfilling your resolutions is bringing those around you closer to Him.
Thursday of the Third Week of Lent
“Even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart, for I am gracious and merciful.” (Jl 2:12-13)
Have you ever felt “divided” or that your foundation has been rocked? “If your spiritual edifice is tottering, or if everything seems to be up in the air,… lean on filial confidence in Jesus and Mary; it’s the firm and steady rock on which you should have built from the beginning” (The Way, no. 721).
Friday of the Third Week of Lent
“Repent, says the Lord; the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Mt 4:17)
As you accompany Jesus Christ today in your prayer and devotions, tell Him: “Each day, O my God, I am less sure of myself and more sure of you!” (The Way, no. 729).
Saturday of the Third Week of Lent
Today’s Readings (Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord):
“The Word of God became flesh and made his dwelling among us; and we saw his glory.” (Jn 1:14b)
“O Mother, Mother! With that word of yours, ‘Fiat’—‘Be it done’—you have made us brothers and sisters of God and heirs to his glory. Blessed are you!” (The Way, no. 512)
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