On this Saturday of the First Week of Lent, I continue my journey through Scott Hahn’s book, Lenten Reflections from A Father Who Keeps His Promises.
Son or Slave? The reading asks which we prefer and explains that many of us prefer the identity of slave—identifying ourselves by the fruits of our own labor, or employment or occupation—to that of son—identifying ourselves by our relationship to our Creator. Specifically, this flawed preference interferes with our ability to fully celebrate the Sabbath.
Personally I am aware of a number of enslavements that have hindered my ability to worship God. Anger, selfishness, pride, lust, to name a few. Even things that are not intrinsically wrong can enslave me. This blog, for instance, can be an obstacle in my faith walk if I develop an unhealthy pride and don’t seek to please Him as my goal in writing it.
It helps me to keep things in proper perspective if I recognize my relationship with Him as my source of life and value. If I do all things with this in mind, I find peace. With this focus–on Him–I can remove the chaff and filter out the noise in my life and focus on serving Him though serving His.
On this day before the Sabbath, I look forward to another opportunity to serve Him, to praise Him and to worship Him tomorrow, on His day. And to let tomorrow set the tone for the rest of the week.
I had the awesome opportunity to see Scott speak today at the Catholic Men’s Conference in Lansing. A brilliant man, Scott knows his faith and teaches it well. The Conference was a great way to grow in faith and share the faith with my eldest son and my daughter’s boyfriend. Thank you, Lord!