Monday of the First Week of Lent
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
In the reading today, the Lord reminds Moses of the golden rule that many of us grew up with. We should not lie to our neighbor, or steal from them, or judge them. We should love them as we love ourselves; treat others the way we want to be treated. At first it sounds like a simple task, but we need to remember that our neighbors include those who are not so easy to love. But as God loves each one of us, He calls us to love all others.
Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.
As we begin this first full week of Lent, we reflect on what we can do for the least of our brothers and sisters. The remaining days before Easter can serve as a time to focus our attention on our neighbors who are marginalized or isolated within the community. Often times these are the people who need our love and support the most. At Saint Louis University, we are often reminded of the Jesuit mission. The Lenten season can serve as a 40-day challenge to further our commitment to live as men and women for others by striving to treat our neighbors as friends.
Jenny Ernst is a senior studying Communication Sciences and Disorders.