2nd Thursday of Lent

“Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings, who seeks his strength in flesh, whose heart turns away from the Lord.”

The prophet Jeremiah (Jer 17-5-10) reminds us of something today which we should already know.  Our fellow man (or woman) is never going to live up to our expectations.  We may love them and be proud of them, but somehow they’re going to let us down.  Maybe it’s because we idealize the ones we love and set impossibly high expectations for them.

For those we don’t love, we may be less likely to be disappointed because we don’t expect much of them.  When a total stranger reaches out to us, even with something as small as holding the door open for us, we’re suitably impressed.  But we may expect our best friend to hold that door and when they don’t we’re disappointed.  Even more likely, if they do hold the door, we don’t consider it to be a big deal because it’s what we expected.

God, on the other hand, does everything for us.  He gives us everything we have.  Guess what?  Chances are we don’t think it’s enough.  It’s easy to take God for granted.  He’s already given us the greatest gift of all, the gift of His Son.  What more could He do?  Yet, if we don’t get that promotion we’re looking for, if we get sick, or if someone we loves is called home, we’re disappointed, maybe even angry.

But, God never lets us down.  He gives us everything we need.  He doesn’t always give us what we want.  But how often does it turn out that what we wanted wasn’t really the best for us?

Lent is a wonderful time to examine all the gifts we’ve received from God and to be thankful for each and every one.

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