Day 15 of Lent and Fr. Robert Barron's Lenten Reflection says: "... But one message at the heart of the Christian faith is this: your life is not about you. It is about God and God's purposes for your life. And so Jesus affirmed: "You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test." God tests people all the time in the Bible, but he himself should never be tested. Fr. Barron suggests we ask ourselves: "Are you the center of attention? Do you allow God to test you?"
O Saint Joseph, Lover of Poverty! Solace of the wretched! Be our friend in time of suffering, and help us appreciate the virtues we can harvest through struggle and sacrifice. Keep us away from the snares of pride and self-importance. Let us remember the poverty of our Lord so that we can dutifully imitate his life in humility and obedience. Amen.
Can I be like Jesus? When I can rise above the three temptations that Jesus encountered in the desert and make God the clear centre of my life, then, I'm ready to do God's work in the world.
Today is St. Joseph's Feast Day - patron Saint of Canada among many others. In light of how God tested the foster father of Jesus and our foster father, we might ask ourselves, "How is He testing me during this Lent? What does He want me to do? What is my response? Can I be like St. Joseph after he got his sight back?
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