February 29 – Third Monday of Lent

needForPrayerToday’s Gospel

“He passed through the midst of them and went away, (Luke 4:30).”

Daily Lent Reflection

Jesus was a man with boundaries. He totally gave of himself, to the sick and the needy, and in his death on a cross. But he knew when to conserve his energy and to attend to his own safety and to his need for prayer. Nowadays we call this “assertiveness.” It is the ability to respond appropriately in the moment, to say “no” or to schedule time for oneself.

Daily Lent Challenge

Today I will ask whether I make time for prayer in my life. Am I assertive with time boundaries, or do I martyr myself so that I can score “busy points”? Do I try to control and think that I am indispensable?

Teresa Keogh, Archdiocese of Southwark