In today’s world there are so many different things vying for our attention like TV, social media, money, and even our normal day-to-day activities and responsibilities. I feel like it is so easy for us to get caught up in these things to the point that we become consumed by them. I think this is particularly evident in social media. We post the highlights of our lives to showcase our accomplishments and successes, and then we measure our worth and value in how many “likes” we get. We become solely focused on listening to our own voice and on what we are doing. This is not what God wants for us or asks of us.
Lent is a special time that reminds us to pause and nourish our faith lives by recommitting our focus to our relationship with God and to listening to God’s voice. In each of today’s readings we can clearly see God calling us to humble ourselves and return to Him. In the first reading Hosea says, “We shall say no more, 'Our god,' to the work of our hands; for in you the orphan finds compassion." Then, in Mark’s Gospel, Jesus tells us that the greatest commandments are for us to love God and one another with our whole hearts. These are reminders for us to not read too much into our own headlines because getting lost in them keeps us from being in right relationship with God and one another.
During this Lenten season, let’s try to recommit ourselves to humility and our relationship with God. Let’s remember that it is God’s grace that inspires us to perform good works, and that when we live, act, and connect through our intimate, grace-filled relationship with God, our lives become more whole.