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Millennial Lenten Reflections: He is close to me, and to you


Editor’s Note: The following is part of Millennial Lenten Reflections, a blog series in collaboration with Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good. Short reflections on the day’s readings, written by young adults from FMS and other organizations, will be posted everyday throughout Lent. 

Jesus knew His purpose in life would require intense suffering and the ultimate sacrifice – death on the Cross. Despite this, we watch Jesus steadfast in His teaching of the Gospel and love for His people. In today’s Gospel, Jesus is fearless in stating that He knows God because He is “from God,” and was sent for a purpose.

Being fearless in the face of death is wearisome. Am I brave enough to stand up for my beliefs, no matter the cost? Am I courageous enough to be light and love, even in the midst of oppression and hatred?

Sophie Scholl and other members of The White Rose stood against Adolf Hitler during the Second World War, knowing death was imminent. She said, “The real damage is done by those millions who want to ‘survive.’ The honest men who just want to be left in peace. Those who don’t want their little lives disturbed by anything bigger than themselves. Those with no sides and no causes.”

I am reminded today that sometimes our faith calls us to be radical, to make waves in the presence of injustice.

Today’s readings show me that I am not alone in the quest for bravery and justice, because Jesus is “close to the brokenhearted.” He is close to me, He is close to you.


Lindsey Frechou is a Jesuit Volunteer serving in Washington DC. She graduated from Springhill College with a degree in journalism and English literature. 

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