PS 31: 5-6, 14, 15-16
MT 20: 17- 28
As many of us grew up as “cradle Catholics”, it’s more than likely that as some point, you had a bracelet, shirt, or trinket of some sort that had the letters, WWJD?, or What Would Jesus Do? However, when we are in difficult situations or are struggling with something in our lives, most of us tend to turn to the people around us for advice on what we should do or not do before we even think to turn to Jesus or God. Very often, these people- whether they be friends, family, colleagues, professors, etc.- that we turn to realistically know almost nothing about nothing as to what the correct answer to our question is. Many of us seem to overlook the one who has the answer to every question- God. How many of us actually ask the question, “Hey God, what do YOU think I should do?”
Therefore, perhaps this Lent can be devoted to developing a daily habit of prayer because every day, we find ourselves in situations varying in difficulty. If you really want to grow spiritually, the daily habit of prayer can help us develop that relationship with God that motivates us to always first ask God, rather than our fallible friends, of what we should do. However, we as college students tend to resist this daily prayer with excuse after excuse, such as we don’t have time or place to pray. Perhaps then, observing what we prioritize in our lives can help us see what is truly important. Reprioritizing our lives can give us more reason to create a habit of daily prayer, because as we open ourselves up to God’s plans, as opposed to advice and guessing, miracles begin to happen in our lives and we can see God’s answers to our questions more clearly.
Jennifer Mathews is a Senior studying Biomedical Engineering.