Daily Reflection
April 3rd, 2003
Eileen Wirth
Journalism Department
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Exodus 32:7-14
Psalm 106:19-20, 21-22, 23
John 5:31-47

Years ago, my mother laid down a dictum to her six children concerning Motherís Day.  Donít call or send flowers if we hadnít been in touch regularly during the rest of the year.  Honoring her on Motherís Day was fine but no big deal.  She wouldnít be the slightest bit offended if we skipped Motherís Day as long as we communicated regularly.  And she meant it. 

Since we all adore Mother, she wasnít taking much of a risk.  We all stay in touch at least weekly AND do a little extra on Motherís Day.  However Motherís message illustrates a point in todayís Gospel about how we should live. 

It isnít what we say about how much we love God or the show of devotion we put on that counts, itís what we do and how we live every day.  These are the evidence by which we will be judged just like Mother is more impressed with regular emails than fancy flowers once a year. 

The evidence from deeds even applies to Jesus and how we know he is who he says he is. 

ďThe works that the Father gave me to accomplish, these works that I perform testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me.Ē

Show, donít tell, as I continually admonish my writing students.  God and other people look for evidence, not just words. 
Fortunately, if we really love God, performing deeds that demonstrate this is a joy, not a chore, just as itís fun to meet Motherís expectation of regular communication.

During Lent as we think about amending our lives, it might be good to ask if weíre getting pleasure out of moving closer to God.  If not, what are we missing  Ė and why? 

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