Mass Reflections – 2/17

Mass Reflections for February 17, 2013:

Robert Mijares
Guest Writer of Motivate2Inspire

What tempts you from lent?
We will struggle and stumble.
Let not these distract.

Michael Lerma
Creator of Motivate2Inspire

As we begin the Lenten season we are always reminded of the sacrifices we should be making during this time. It is a time that we should be getting closer to God and really developing our relationship with him. Year after year I was always told that we should give up a favorite item such as ice cream or sweets. While those items certainly can be a challenge to give up, I have learned in recent years just how special this time of the year is. We are called not to just give simple sacrifices. We are called to act the way God wants us to be. We should be compassionate. We should help each other out. During the Ash Wednesday mass, the preacher urged us to not sacrifice eating and abstain just because it’s the right thing to do. We have to really understand why we do it. Perhaps we can even give the food that we would normally prepare to someone else that is less fortunate. That is really what Lent and really what life is all about. Helping each other out. This is how we become closer to God because that is what He does. He continually gives of himself to us and we should follow his example and help our fellow man. For this reason I have chosen something that isn’t a physical object that I’m giving up for Lent. Instead I’m focusing on something that will make me a better person and allow me to be more optimistic and helpful to others. To me this is more important than just giving up sweets. I know that it will be difficult for the next 40 days but I hope through this journey I won’t just stop at 40 days but continue throughout the year.

Reading 1 – DT 26:4-10

Moses spoke to the people, saying:
“The priest shall receive the basket from you
and shall set it in front of the altar of the LORD, your God.
Then you shall declare before the Lord, your God,
‘My father was a wandering Aramean
who went down to Egypt with a small household
and lived there as an alien.
But there he became a nation
great, strong, and numerous.
When the Egyptians maltreated and oppressed us,
imposing hard labor upon us,
we cried to the LORD, the God of our fathers,
and he heard our cry
and saw our affliction, our toil, and our oppression.
He brought us out of Egypt
with his strong hand and outstretched arm,
with terrifying power, with signs and wonders;
and bringing us into this country,
he gave us this land flowing with milk and honey.
Therefore, I have now brought you the firstfruits
of the products of the soil
which you, O LORD, have given me.’
And having set them before the Lord, your God,
you shall bow down in his presence.”

Reading 2 – ROM 10:8-13

Brothers and sisters:
What does Scripture say?
The word is near you,
in your mouth and in your heart
—that is, the word of faith that we preach—,
for, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord
and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,
you will be saved.
For one believes with the heart and so is justified,
and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved.
For the Scripture says,
No one who believes in him will be put to shame.
For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek;
the same Lord is Lord of all,
enriching all who call upon him.
For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Gospel LK 4:1-13

Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus returned from the Jordan
and was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days,
to be tempted by the devil.
He ate nothing during those days,
and when they were over he was hungry.
The devil said to him,
“If you are the Son of God,
command this stone to become bread.”
Jesus answered him,
“It is written, One does not live on bread alone.”
Then he took him up and showed him
all the kingdoms of the world in a single instant.
The devil said to him,
“I shall give to you all this power and glory;
for it has been handed over to me,
and I may give it to whomever I wish.
All this will be yours, if you worship me.”
Jesus said to him in reply,
“It is written:
You shall worship the Lord, your God,
and him alone shall you serve.”
Then he led him to Jerusalem,
made him stand on the parapet of the temple, and said to him,
“If you are the Son of God,
throw yourself down from here, for it is written:
He will command his angels concerning you, to guard you,
With their hands they will support you,
lest you dash your foot against a stone.”
Jesus said to him in reply,
“It also says,
You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.”
When the devil had finished every temptation,
he departed from him for a time.

It always starts with a dream

blogentry_michaelI started Motivate2Inspire on a whim because to be completely honest, I thought blogging was cool and this would be a good way to share my thoughts and try to be more positive in life. Over the years it has morphed into something a lot bigger than I originally expected. It has turned into something that I have consistently stuck with (even though I sometimes have lapses of a week or two of no content). That’s not something I can really say about many of my other dreams. For example, I’ve always wanted to start my own web development company. I always would put together the beginning thoughts and then half execute and forget about it. However, with this blog, I see the potential of it to be so much more for a lot of different people.

I’ve had the pleasure of talking to a lot of different admirers of the site. One person told me that the stories that I put on here are inspiring and genuine. It is true that I use a lot of my own experiences to convey inspirational thoughts. However, as I continue to think about it and continue to evolve the site, I feel that this really is not all about me as I originally thought it could be.

I thought that it would be a great way to keep my own motivation up. It will of course continue to be, but I feel that I can make a big difference here. I feel that I can get the biggest collection of motivational stories and display them in a way that is easy and fun to get to. I feel that I can have the largest collection of inspirational quotes. I feel that I can pluck out news stories as I see them and show the world that hey, there is hope and it happens every single day in our world, contrary to what the media would want you to believe.

I know that this site is a good thing. Even if it reaches out and touches one person, it has done its job. I think I want to make it even bigger. For that, I might need help. I might need to take risks and change the foundation of the site to being more community like. I might need to place more interactive things to inspire people to inspire others.

I think it’s that time to take the dream I started with and make it into a full fledged reality. To make it into something that’s even bigger than what I originally had hoped for.

Why not? Great ideas always start with a dream. It’s time to make mine come true.