Second Tuesday of Lent

February 27, 2018 / By: Aaron Macke

Is 1:10, 16-20/Mt 23:1-12

This Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent brings us the word of God through a reading from Isaiah and the Gospel of Matthew. Each message from our Lord reminds me of the messages I received as a youth about “tough love,” “check yourself,” and “walk the talk.”

In Isaiah, the Lord says, “Wash yourselves clean,” “Make justice your aim; redress the wronged,” and “Come now, let us set things right.” The Lord is being hard on me, reminding me of my sins, but calling me to action, to be just, to be good, and to make things right. There are moments in my life where I become content with my faith, my intentions and my impact on the world. I begin to feel good about who I am and what I do. In those moments, I must also reflect on my shortcomings, and ask myself if I am doing all I can to make things good around me, to make the world more just, to “hear the orphan’s plea” and “defend the widow,” as my Lord calls me to do.

In Matthew, Jesus speaks to the people about the scribes and Pharisees, telling the crowds to “do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example.” The scribes and the Pharisees had gotten too comfortable and selfish with their roles, authority and power in society. They acted with the intent to be perceived as good, rather than actually doing good.

I think these messages are especially important for me as a Higher Education professional and educator within a Catholic University. I spend a great deal of time talking, teaching, training, and educating about advancing the Common Good. I do so from a campus, office, position and personal identity of great privilege and opportunity. The Lord calls me to remember that life is not about my accomplishments, but rather, it is about my service to others and to the world. Every day I have the opportunity to right wrongs and to make the world a better, more just place for all. I have the opportunity to listen to my Lord’s tough love, to check my privileges, and to move beyond talk to action. Jesus spent his life as an educator, sharing the word of God, but his greatest action was through the sacrifice of his life for me, for us, for the world. 

Aaron Macke
Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life