First Thursday of Lent

Readings: Est C: 12, 14-16, 23-25 / Ps 138: 1-3, 7-8 / Mt. 7: 7-12

In today’s first reading Queen Esther, in desperation, petitions the Lord for help. Queen Esther is weighing whether to risk her life in hopes of quelling an attempt to slaughter the Jewish people within the kingdom, it’s a seemingly impossible situation. In our own lives there are likely times where we have faced seemingly impossible situations, and perhaps even weighed the personal costs of protecting another from an injustice or mistreatment.

Nine years ago today I met my husband, a fire fighter. His passion for helping others, despite all personal costs, inspired me to want to make a larger difference in the lives of others. To fulfill this goal, I quit my job as a public accountant and started graduate school. Usher in loneliness and impossibility! During graduate school I often felt alone and facing situations that seemed impossible. In those moments, it was difficult to see how I could ever make a difference.

Regardless of the circumstances that render us alone and facing impossible situations, today’s readings remind us that we can always turn to God. Whether He carries us through a dark period, give us strength to face our challenges, or opens a new door, the Lord always provides for His children. To receive His gifts though, we must open ourselves to the Lord and ask for His help. During this Lenten season we are encouraged to turn back to God, to ask for His forgiveness, and to seek Him as the provider of all that is good in our lives.

Denise Hanes Downey
Accountancy & Information Systems