March 4: Introspection During Lent: Heaven on Earth

Updated: Apr 1

Thursday of the Second Week of Lent

March 4, 2021

“Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10

The opening of this verse echoes the Jewish Qaddish prayer, which calls for the Kingdom of God to begin in one's lifetime.

When I was little, my mother would often tell me, “Do not leave for tomorrow what you can do today.” Her words resonate in my head as I reflect on the meaning of this verse about heaven on earth.

Procrastination is a behavior that I struggle with and one that impacts my spiritual journey. Why wait to do important things in life? Why wait until we die to reach heaven when we can begin to reach it while on this earth?

In trying to overcome the barrier of procrastination in my spiritual path, I have identified two useful practices: critical self-reflection and awareness of the present moment. Critically reflecting on my behavior allows me to understand and manage the fear that causes me to procrastinate. While being aware of the moment, not focusing on the past or the future, allows me to fully enjoy the present and remember that every day I have an opportunity to practice loving God and others as I love myself; thus, finding heaven on earth.

These reflections are meant to challenge us on our journey through Lent. Please feel free to share your thoughts and comments with us.

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