Question for Third Week of Lent

(Because the thirsty Israelites quarreled with Moses and put the Lord to the test, Moses cried out in desperation to the Lord. The Lord commanded Moses to strike the rock to provide water for the people. The doubt-filled question – “Is the Lord among us or not?” – received a very positive answer.

Read Exodus 17: 1 – 7

Do you have a quarrel with God? What is it?

Question for Second Week in Lent

(In the person and example of Abraham we discover that a right relationship with God does not involve earning a reward from God but entails trusting God’s promises. Abraham is the forebear and model for both Jews and Gentiles, because we too trust that ours is a God who gives life to the dead.)

After reading Romans 4: 1-5,

In what ways has God uniquely equipped or positioned you to share your faith with others?

Trust in God

There seems to be so much dis-ease in the world.  It is easy to get caught up into it all.  As people of faith, we are called to trust in God at all times.  Here is a quote by Jesuit Priest and French philosopher Teihard de Chardin:

“Above all, trust in the slow work of God.”

“Follow” – as you are.

In yesterday’ gospel story, we heard Jesus calling ordinary fishermen to follow him and become “fishers of people”.

In times of vocational transition, people may experience a lot of waiting, feelings of anxiety, and doubts about meeting a different set of standards and expectations.  For those who are wondering if they are good enough or have what it takes to follow a certain employer, school, or program, this gospel story might be an important reminder that Jesus doesn’t wait for people to apply to him. Jesus calls followers and then uses what they already know. We need not worry if our resumes or letters of recommendation will be good enough.  Jesus knows they are.