Daily Prayers for Lent from CPLO and the Jesuit Institute 23 March – Week Three – We will reap what we sow

Lenten Prayer Reflections by Ron Boudreaux SJ

Stop judging and you will not be judged.  Stop condemning and you will not be condemned.  Forgive and you will be forgiven.  Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. (Lk 7:37-38)

The old saying, “what goes around comes around” contains a certain amount of truth. There seems to be some cosmic equalizer of which we should all be aware:  a sense that what I do to others could well be done to me.  Hence the Golden Rule: do as you would be done by.  But at a deeper level, God desires that we give up sowing seeds of destruction by the warning that better behaviour is expected of us.  Someday, each of us will have to account for the life we have lived.  Hopefully we will all be prepared to justify before God the actions of our lives.

Good and gracious God, teach us to live in peace, never returning evil for evil but rather good for evil. 

I cannot change the world, Lord, but help me to change myself so that your righteousness may thrive in me.

Amen

Fr Ron Boudreaux SJ
MS (U. of Colorado), MA (Loyola U., Chicago), MDiv (Jesuit School of Theology in Berkley, California)

Fr Ronald J. Boudreaux SJ, hails from Louisiana, U.S.A. Born in the small town of Scott, he graduated from the University of Southwest Louisiana (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette) with a BA in French, minors in English and Spanish. Fr. Boudreaux entered the US Army Security Agency in 1968, studied Russian at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, and served as a Russian linguist in Germany until his discharge in 1972. Fr. Boudreaux received his Masters Degree in Architecture from the University of Colorado in 1987. After entering the Society of Jesus in 1997, he went on to study philosophy at Gonzaga University and Loyola University Chicago. He received a Masters in Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkley, California in 2005. Fr. Boudreaux served as retreat master at Montserrat from the fall of 2006 until the summer of 2010, when he was missioned to his tertianship studies at Weston, Massachusetts. During that time he ministered with the Jesuit Institute of South Africa in Johannesburg. Fr. Boudreaux returned to Montserrat in July 2011 and currently serves as superior to the Jesuit community and Director of Montserrat.

r.boudreaux@jesuitinstitute.org.za
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