Daily Lenten Reflection — What do I want?

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Ask yourself what it is that you most want.. right now. Maybe a new job or better job security, better pay or just the respect of your employer. Or maybe you have health issues, concern for your children or the need to get your finances in better order. Do you need for a new car? I would just like a fun and extended summer vacation!

These are examples of the very real day-to-day concerns that we all experience. The Jews of Our Lord’s time had their daily concerns too. Some desired freedom from Roman rule, safety for themselves and their children, adequate shelter, food and clothing. But for centuries, they had also experienced a deeper longing. Many awaited the coming of the Messiah whom God had promised would deliver them from bondage.

When Jesus arrived, the people had lived for centuries in a spiritual darkness. As we know today, many of these people misunderstood what God intended for them, but their deep longing for justice was real. The truth is that we share that longing, even if we too misunderstand its meaning and importance.

All of the people who lived in the Lord’s time are gone to the after-life. Their ordinary daily concerns, real as they were, are in the past… and in the blinking of an eye, so too will ours be past. Then, the one thing that matters will remain—the love of God for us and our love for Him.

Remember, you are dust, and to dust you will return. Repent and believe in the Gospel.

Editor’s Note: Join us each morning during Lent for Daily Lenten Reflections.

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Deacon Mike Bickerstaff Editor-In-Chief, ICL

Deacon Michael Bickerstaff is the Editor in chief and co-founder of the The Integrated Catholic Life.™ A Catholic Deacon of the Roman Rite for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Deacon Bickerstaff is assigned to St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church where he is the Director of Adult Education and Evangelization.

He is also the Founder and President of Virtue@Work, where he provides Executive and Personal Coaching, Mentoring and Organizational Consulting. Deacon Mike has 30+ years management consulting experience in senior executive leadership positions providing organizational planning and implementation services with a focus on human resource strategy and tax qualified retirement plan design, administration and compliance.

He is a co-founder of the successful annual Atlanta Catholic Business Conference; the Chaplain of the Atlanta Chapter of the Woodstock Theological Center’s Business Conference; and Chaplain of the St. Peter Chanel Faith at Work Business Association and co-founder and Chaplain of the Marriages Are Covenants Ministry, both of which serve as models for similar parish-based ministries.

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