A Sign for all Time

(from the 2010 Magnificat Lenten Companion)

This year I turn forty and thus officially enter the age of disappointment. I find myself asking the perennial questions of middle age. Why do my desires for my work, my marriage, my home, seem so totally out of reach? Why are my plans so often thwarted? Would that God would give me some sign of his favor by granting my desires! Indeed, it is a question for all time. "This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah." a man emerging from a tomb dark as a whale's belly. It is the sign of a triumph, but a triumph over sin and death, a sign of a kingdom, but a kingdom not of this world. We, like they, are tempted to reject this sign. How will the desires of our heart find fulfillment? The answer comes in the open arms of the Pieta - the Virgin Mary resigned to the fate of her Son. What youthful dreams did she relinquish that day? With what faith did she carry on? It is the faith that all human desires will find their fullness in God's eternal plan.

Reflection based on Luke 11:29-32
Lisa Lickona

Dear God, when my hopes and dreams seem to be shattered,
and my plans thwarted, renew my faith, my hope, and my love.

Today's suggested penance: Sacrifice some ordinary comfort or convenience today.