Jesus asks us today, "What profit is there for one to gain the whole world yet lose or forfeit himself?" God is jealous for our love. He is not willing to share our heart with something else. He wants it for Himself. But as we read in our first reading it is our choice. There are set before us today the choice between following God's law and receiving a blessing or not and receiving a curse. God does not curse us. We curse ourselves by choosing to devote our hearts to something less than God, less than that for which they are made.
Lent is a time to discipline our desires and seek the more important and lasting things of heaven. What has taken God's place in your heart? Is it money, or pleasure, or power? Are those things really satisfying the deepest longings of your heart?
Jesus is the happiness you seek. He is the one thing necessary. What can you do each day to make Him the center of your life? He is the one for which our hearts long. Seek Him!
Daily Lenten reflections by Father Browning.