Daily Prayers for Lent from CPLO and the Jesuit Institute 24 March – Week Three – The importance of all humanity in God’s eyes

Lenten Prayer Reflections by Ron Boudreaux SJ

“Are not five sparrows sold for two small coins?  Yet not one of them has escaped the notice of God.  Even the hairs of your head have all been counted.  Do not be afraid.  You are worth more than many sparrows ” (Luke 12:6-7 )

When we consider how insignificant we are in a limitless universe, the idea that God notices us is striking.  Not only that God notices but that God is concerned for our well-being. And was Luke really speaking figuratively when he says that God has counted all the hairs on my head? But the truth is that God created each of us and knows all there is to know about us. And God loves us as we are because he created us as we are; why should I fear such a God who loves me? Through the ages, God has revealed to us that we are all responsible for one another and for making this place, a better place for all humanity.

Lord of all goodness, I continue to fail in my quest to be like you. 

I continue to betray my brothers and sisters and thus betray you. 

How can it be that, with all you have given me, I continue to disappoint?  Yet, you continue to bless me as one of your beloved children. 

I ask for the grace to desire to be like you, Lord Jesus.

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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