Lenten Prayer Reflections by Ron Boudreaux SJ

God said, “It is not enough for you to be my servant, to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back the survivors of Israel; I shall make you a light to the nations so that my salvation may reach the remotest parts of the earth.” (Isaiah 49:5-6)

God was not content to save the people he had called out of the desert. Instead, God chose to send his Servant to bring salvation to all the world. His salvation will reach to the ends of the earth and all peoples will be saved, not through their own efforts but by the power of their Creator, who has always desired what is good for his people. This is the great gift we celebrate this week: God’s having reached down to become one of us and to give himself completely to us in human form. This Jesus from Nazareth brings us the living word of God so we can learn to be most completely human.

God, I have often chosen to follow paths other than the true one Jesus has shown me.

Have mercy on me and give me everlasting life with you.