“Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.”

Have you ever felt like you were all alone, isolated and solitary in the world? Ever felt like your work didn’t matter? Feelings of irrelevance and insignificance only compound the loneliness and isolation many feel today. “What difference does it make?” quickly devolves into “What difference do I make?” And that devolves into, “Why should I even try to make a difference?”

Today’s first reading reminds us that it all makes a difference. While we intellectually know that God never forgets, the writer of Isaiah reminds us of God’s visceral interest in our lives; deeper and more emotional than the care of a young mother for her newborn child.

I confess this Lent that I may never fully comprehended this fact: God’s love for me (and you!) is never failing, never faltering, never ending. My life matters. Your life matters. So how will I live out this truth today?

—Howard Craig serves as Provincial Assistant for Advancement on behalf of the Chicago-Detroit and Wisconsin Province Jesuits.