Sunday 19 March

4th Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday)
First reading – 1 Samuel 16:1,6-7,10-13
“God does not see as man sees: man looks at appearances but the Lord looks at the heart”. How wonderful this is! The Lord looks at the heart and not at appearances. Imagine, how much time we spent to make our appearances appealing to others. In many circumstances, our only worry is about the judgement of others. The Lord looks at the heart because it is through the heart He works. We can become His instruments only if our heart permits Him to work through us. In the reading we read, after the anointing “the spirit of the Lord seized on David and stayed with him from that day on”. That is what happens when our heart is ready for the Lord. The Lord seizes on us and works through us. So, let’s prepare our heart in humility, in caring the other, in looking after the weak. Our heart becomes ready to the Lord when we try to love, when we love. The capacity to love is the capacity of the heart to be an instrument of the Lord. This we understand when we see as God sees and not as men see. Let’s reflect: Lent calls us to see as God sees us and others.