Pathways through Lent

For what we have left undone. (Scroll down for English)

by Araceli Ma

The Third Saturday of Lent

[James Lloyd Breck, Priest, 1876]

Jeremiah 13:1-11 Psalms 87, 90, 136 Romans 6:12-23 John 8:47-59

Las lecturas sugeridas para hoy tocan el tema del pecado. Siempre me llamó la atención la oración de arrepentimiento en la que pedimos perdón por aquello que hemos hecho y lo que hemos dejado de hacer. Cuando examinamos nuestra conciencia siempre es más fácil recordar nuestros actos y evaluar si fueron buenos o malos, pero ¿qué hay de todo aquello que “dejamos de hacer”?

Pensemos en todas aquellas veces que dejamos de donar ropa o dinero solo por no clasificar la ropa, o chequear cuanto teniamos, o cuando no nos paramos para reclamar algo que no nos afectaba a nosotros pero si a un hermano mas tímido o con menos estudios. O no nos detuvimos en el tráfico para ayudar.

Dejar de hacer siempre es más cómodo y Jesús nos indica lo contrario, amar al prójimo con acciones.

En tu vida cristiana también hay acciones, tentación de no actuar.

English Translation:

The suggested readings for today touch on the subject of sin. I am always struck by the prayer of repentance in which we ask forgiveness for what we have done and what we have left undone. When we examine our conscience it is always easier to remember our actions and assess whether they were good or bad, but what about all that “we left undone?”

Think about those times when we didn’t donate something to a clothes drive simply because we didn’t have time to check what we have. Think of those times we did not put a stop to harsh language that was not affecting us but might have been hurting someone else. When did we not stop to help a driver stranded on the road, because we were rushing through traffic?

Giving up always seems more comfortable. Jesus tells us otherwise: we must love our neighbor actively. Christianity requires action when inaction may seem tempting.

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