One Minute Reflection – 16 March – Saturday of the First week of Lent, Year C, Gospel: Matthew 5:43–48
“But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you”...Matthew 5:44
REFLECTION – “No lawgiver would ever make the demand that his laws should be internally accepted and cheerfully observed. Rather, it is ‘do what I say’. God alone asks that His people should keep His laws “with all their hearts,” because He is the King of human hearts. An internal acceptance is the strength of an idea, ideal, norm. Mere external compliance is mimetic, mechanical, lifeless. No wonder religion collapses, spiritual life gives way, devotions dry up! The show and display of religion is empty, the prophets denounced it. Un-reflected accommodation and shallow compliance is self-deception. Some give up in the face of trials, others before tempting goods. Someone who has built up a measure of inner stuff alone can understand the full meaning of the message “Love your enemies.” Few have delved into the various dimensions of the teaching “love your enemies,” be good to all, like the Father. But you can, if only you know His love, if only you wish and pray to be like Him.”...Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil
PRAYER – Turn our hearts to yourself, eternal Father, so that, always seeking the one thing necessary and devoting ourselves to works of charity, we may worship You in spirit and in truth and thus learn Your ways. May our beloved Mother, the Blessed Virgin, give us her heart, to grow in love. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord, in union with the Holy Spirit, God forever, amen.
The One Thing Necessary
By St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787) Doctor of the Church
O my God, help me to remember that time is short, eternity long.
What good is all the greatness of this world at the hour of death?
To love You, my God
and save my soul is the one thing necessary.
Without You, there is no peace of mind or soul.
My God, I need fear only sin and nothing else in this life,
for to lose You, my God, is to lose all.
O my God, help me to remember
that I came into this world with nothing,
and shall take nothing from it when I die.
To gain You, I must leave all.
But in loving You,
I already have all good things,
the infinite riches of Christ and His Church in life,
Mary’s motherly protection and perpetual help,
and the eternal dwelling place Jesus has prepared for me.
Eternal Father, Jesus has promised
that whatever we ask in His Name will be granted us.
In His Name, I pray:
give me a burning faith,
a joyful hope,
a holy love for You.
Grant me perseverance in doing Your will
and never let me be separated from You.
My God and my All,
make me a saint.