February 23 – Second Tuesday of Lent

Posted on February 23, 2016 by - Lent Reflections

practiceFaithToday’s Gospel

“’For they preach but they do not practice,’ (Matt 23:3).

Daily Lent Reflection

In today’s Gospel, Matthew talks about the scribes and the Pharisees, recounting how they exalted themselves. This reading warns against attracting attention by outward signs – of power and religiosity.

Daily Lent Challenge

Today I ask myself if there are places in myself where I allow myself to feel superior. Can I open myself to be more humble and ask God for his grace? Can I act in the knowledge that we are all equal before God?

Teresa Keogh, Archdiocese of Southwark

Be Quiet and Listen

Posted on February 22, 2016 by - Everyday Stewardship

prayerSt. Francis DeSales, in a Lenten sermon of 1615, maintained that the true goal of prayer was to make our will and the will of God one, leading us then to desire only God. He spoke of the need to give one’s self totally over to God. He wrote, “You have only one soul, and there is only one God; give your soul to Him and He will give Himself to you.”

So often we fail at prayer because we misunderstand it as simply communication and we as humans are not always the best communicators.

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February 22 – Second Monday of Lent

Posted on February 22, 2016 by - Lent Reflections

whoIsJesusToday’s Gospel

“’But who do you say that I am?’, (Mat 16:15).

Daily Lent Reflection

In today’s Gospel Jesus asks his disciples “who do people say I am?” and they report to him what they have heard others saying about him. But when he then asks the direct question “who do you say I am?”, they are apparently caught off guard and it is only Simon who speaks up, saying “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God!”

In doing so, Simon makes a leap over an abyss, and evidences a “conversion.” To answer the first question, it was only necessary to look around, to have listened to people’s opinions. But to answer the second question, it was necessary to look inside, to listen to a completely different voice, a voice that was not of flesh and blood but of the Father in heaven.

Daily Lent Challenge

Today I ask myself who Jesus is to me personally and ask myself how that answer makes a difference in how I live each day.

Teresa Keogh, Archdiocese of Southwark

February 21 – Second Sunday of Lent

Posted on February 21, 2016 by - Lent Reflections

generousLoveToday’s Gospel

“’It is wonderful for us to be here,’ (Mat 5:25).

Daily Lent Reflection

Today we hear an account of the Transfiguration.  It reminds us of who Jesus is and what love he showed in becoming human.  It leaves us with the simple question – what more could Jesus have done to show the strength of God’s love for humanity?  Over two thousand years, we have perhaps lost a sense of the scale of what God did.  Certainly, for many of us, our response does not truly match the generosity of God and the gifts he has given to us.

Daily Lent Challenge

Today I will try to keep God’s generous love in mind and respond in the light of that love.

Teresa Keogh, Archdiocese of Southwark

February 20 – First Saturday of Lent

Posted on February 20, 2016 by - Lent Reflections

loveForAllToday’s Scripture

“For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? (Mat 5:46).

Daily Lent Reflection

Today’s readings emphasize the need to obey the Lord’s commands.  The first reading is uncompromising about what is required.  Moses reminds the people that their special status as God’s own people can only be achieved if the covenant is honored in the heart, as well as in the doing.  In the gospel reading, Jesus reminds us that the honoring of the covenant is not about simply being right, but by being just and loving.  It is easy to love those who are the ‘righteous’ but much more challenging to serve those who are more challenging.

Daily Lent Challenge

Today I will ask myself who the people are that I find most difficult to love?  Why? What opportunities might there be today to reach out to someone I find difficult to love?

Teresa Keogh, Archdiocese of Southwark

February 19 – First Friday of Lent

Posted on February 19, 2016 by - Lent Reflections

beReconciledToday’s Scripture

“Go first and be reconciled with your brother, (Mat 5:25).

Daily Lent Reflection

In today’s Gospel reading we hear that we should not be approaching the altar if our brother (or sister) has something against us. One of the important lessons from this reading is the need for reconciliation. Our humanity inevitably means that there are those with whom we have fallen out – and most of us can think of someone with whom we need to be reconciled.

Daily Lent Challenge

Today I will think of a relationship in my life where there is disunity. I will  ponder what can be done in that relationship. Is it time to speak to that person or is it time for me to pray that God opens my heart?


 

Teresa Keogh, Archdiocese of Southwark

February 18 – First Thursday of Lent

Posted on February 18, 2016 by - Lent Reflections

letUsPrayToday’s Scripture

“On the day I cried out, you answered, (Psa 138:3).

Daily Lent Reflection

Rather like the Psalm which is used today, the reading from the Book of Esther is a prayer of total trust in the Lord. Esther’s people are exiles in a foreign land and are facing the risk of extermination. Esther appeals to the king for mercy for her people, knowing that she will face death if he rejects her plea.

Her prayer is a model for all prayer – an acknowledgement that we are helpless and weak, but that we are also filled with trust and hope and the knowledge that the Lord will strengthen us and sustain us.

Daily Lent Challenge

Today I will ask myself if I pray like Esther. Are there any small steps I need to take to strengthen my prayer life?

Teresa Keogh, Archdiocese of Southwark

February 17 – First Wednesday of Lent

Posted on February 17, 2016 by - Lent Reflections

turnFromSinToday’s Gospel

“A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn, (Psa 50:17).

Daily Lent Reflection

Today’s readings connect the mission of Jesus to that of the ancient prophet Jonah; the prophet associated with the whale. The symbolism of Jonah in the whale’s belly is associated with the Lord’s days in the tomb before the glory of the Resurrection.

The story of the repentance of the people of Nineveh, a people regarded by the Jews as beyond redemption, is used as a warning to those who will reject the mission of Jesus. Jesus draws those who are regarded as contemptible in his society, tax collectors and sinners, and cautions those who think they are guaranteed to be saved to think again.

Daily Lent Challenge

Today I will reflect on the image of “a heart contrite and humbled” and ask myself, “What is there in my life that I feel the need to be repentant for, so that my heart might be more humbled and contrite?”

Teresa Keogh, Archdiocese of Southwark

A Cure for the Pain

Posted on February 16, 2016 by - Everyday Stewardship

So this morning, after several weeks of the pain in my cracked tooth getting worse, I went and got a root canal. The pain had gotten progressively worse and also unpredictable, sometimes feeling fine and sometimes throbbing like nobody’s business. Also, a root canal did not sound like fun. You would think something that costs $1300 would be more enjoyable. That’s a lot of money to spend on torture.

But here’s the thing, a few hours later a drank cold water without pain. A miracle I tell you!

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