Monday of the First Week of Lent Reflection

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Today’s reflection was written by Xaverian Brothers Associate Kathy Boyle.


For I was hungry and you gave me food,
I was thirsty and you gave me drink,
a stranger and you welcomed me,
naked and you clothed me,
ill and you cared for me,
in prison and you visited me.

[Matthew 25:31-46]


Yesterday was probably an ordinary day in your life. It was an ordinary day in which you were offered the opportunity to be an extraordinary person in the most ordinary of ways. You had the opportunity to greet God in the morning with a cheerful “Good morning” to your companion at breakfast. You had the opportunity to extend your hand to the hand of God in a casual meeting with a stranger come to do business with you. When you went to the store yesterday, if you had only opened your eyes, you could have seen God in a woman standing on the street corner in need of help. You could have been so overcome with the sight of God there on that corner that you found a way to comfort her. And perhaps you were startled, surprised by God, when the woman was so grateful that she smiled back a smile that said God loved you too.

Perhaps you recalled in the evening yesterday all of the opportunities you had to experience God in your life. How happy you must have been to realize that God was with you all day. Perhaps you found at that time that yesterday turned out not to be so ordinary after all in all of the opportunities it extended to you.

Today is probably lining up at this time to be another ordinary day in your life.


Recommended Exercise

Consider the day ahead that is offered to you.

Think about the works you have planned for the day. About the people you will be in contact with.

Assess what is really important about this day ahead of you.



Good and gracious God, we are always returning, always in a movement toward our true home. We know that “our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”  As we begin the discipline of the season of Lent, give us the grace to begin our journey back to our true home. May we travel this journey wholeheartedly, not simply ‘rending our garments’ superficially, but truly placing ourselves in the hands of your Divine Mercy and experiencing your ineffable and unconditional love. May we who follow the Xaverian Way, commit ourselves to renewing our family and being your compassionate presence in our world today. We ask this in the name of Jesus, your Son and our brother. Amen.



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One Comment

  1. Donna O'Connor says:

    WOW! Just how AM I going to live into this new day? Hopefully with renewed awareness…to see God in everyone I meet. Thank you.

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