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Millennial Lenten Reflections: A Holy Challenge


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. 

“My mouth shall declare your justice, day by day your salvation.” (Psalm 71: 15)

During this Lenten season, we are asked to reflect on the times we have failed to uphold the morals that we are supposed to value above all else. In today’s reading in particular, we are reminded of the painful betrayal that is about to be carried out by Judas, and Peter’s denial of Jesus and his teachings.

How hurt Jesus must have been, knowing that his closest followers and friends would soon deceive and deny him, leading him to his fate. This makes me think of times when I have not carried out what God calls me to do.

Did I purposefully avoid eye contact with a homeless man on the street? Should I have intervened when I overheard someone’s derogatory remarks?

God calls us to declare justice. By denying this, or betraying it, we can’t be fulfilled.

In addition to giving up time on social media, or reducing chocolate intake for our Lenten promise, I challenge us all to be mindful of ways that we can spread God’s justice, by standing up for the most marginalized among us.


Elizabeth Nye (@elizabeth_nye) is the Advocacy Associate at the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach, representing the Columban Fathers in Washington, DC on  issues such as immigration reform, environmental conservation, economic justice, and peace. Follow their work on Facebook and Twitter @Columban_Advocac.

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