This Lent I have been reading and reflecting on Scott Hahn’s book, Lenten Reflections from A Father Who Keeps His Promises. This past week I read “Week 4: Israel in the Wilderness”, reflecting on the Israelites time in the desert after deliverance from Egypt.
Sunday: A New Identity. The Israelites become a holy nation. How do I identify myself: by what I do (for work or for fun) or by who I serve?
Monday: A Privilege and a Responsibility. The Holy Eucharist is the sacrifice marking the beginning of the New Covenant. I can re-join Christ and His disciples daily at Mass. Do I take full advantage of this blessed privilege?
Tuesday: The Great Physician. God punished the Israelites for focusing their adoration on a golden calf instead of on Him. What in my life draws my attention from God?
Wednesday: Rules and Rebellion. God demands my obedience for love.
Thursday: New Moses. Moses gave us the Ten Commandments and manna. Jesus gave us the Beatitudes and Himself. How do I live up to God’s commands? How do I long for His Bread of Life?
Friday: From Faithfulness to Forgetfulness. Even with God’s miraculous victory over Jericho, the Israelites forget their deliverance and turn to sin. What vicious cycle do I need to break to draw closer to God?
Saturday: Total Rest. David sought to give God a place to rest, to build Him a home. But this was not God’s will and so it did not happen. How often do I seek to do things my way instead of seeking His will for me?