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February 27, 2023 – Monday of the First Week of Lent
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As we focus on today’s Gospel, let’s keep the steps in mind. Jesus is revealed as the just judge who will separate the goats from the sheep. In other words, Jesus will separate the ones who kept the law (the sheep) from the ones who didn’t (the goats).

Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me’” (Matthew 25: 37-40).

The ones who adhered to God’s laws, or guidelines, are the ones who will reap the benefits of life. The same is true in our recovery journey against addictions and unhealthy attachments. It’s by following our guidelines—the Twelve Steps—that we can reap the benefits of recovery. Our loving Father delights in the opportunity to assist us and get us back on track whenever we stray from either set of guidelines. Yet, through prayer and the sacraments, we can keep the Lord close to us as we work the steps to find healing and new life.


Reflection Questions

  • How have the Twelve Steps, prayer, and the sacraments helped keep you “on track”?
  • In what ways have you felt God’s mercy and love throughout your recovery journey? How might God be inviting you to feed the hungry, welcome the stranger, or do some other act of corporeal and/or spiritual mercy?


Daily Mass Readings

First Reading: Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 15
Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46

Reflection by Jeff R.

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