Second Sunday of Lent: Accidents Happen

Gospel of the day: Matthew 17:1-9

Happy Second Sunday of Lent, everybody! Today at Mass, I was reminded that accidents happen.

Accidents happen everyday, whether they be a casual misunderstanding, a mistake on a test, or maybe hitting your sister in the face with a volleyball…really, Dee… I didn’t mean to.

In the Deacon’s homily, he talked about how on this Second Sunday of lent, the pressure is probably getting to us. All you can think about is devouring that piece of chocolate, watching your favorite show, or skipping a day at the gym. When in fact, you can’t. You can’t because you gave up sweets, you gave up TV, and you promised to go to the gym everyday to get in better shape. When we slip up, it’s an accident. None of us intentionally go against our Lenten pledges, but sometimes, accidents happen.

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

When we fail to abide by our Lenten guidelines, we know it’s wrong. Nobody chooses to break their rules. This is mainly because we are all doing this for one reason and one reason only; to unite our suffering to Christ’s.

In the Second Reading today, Saint Paul tells us in 2 Timothy 1:8-9, “Bear your share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God. He saved us and called us to a holy life, not according to our works, but according to his own design.”  This is said to remind us that our strength comes from God. We are human, and accidents happen. But with the help of God, there is no need to worry.

Messing up in life is inevitable. There will be times when we fall away from God, but that doesn’t mean He loves us any less. God sent his only Son to come down from Heaven to become one of us. The Greatest became the least.

The mind of man plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9

With this being said, God knows what it’s like to be human. He knows we slip up. He knows we fall down. He knows we cave into temptation. And above all, He knows accidents happen and He loves us no less.

 

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