Lent is HERE!

Posted on March 2, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the First Sunday of Lent

First Sunday of LentCan you believe Lent is here already? It seems like not that long ago I was decorating a Christmas tree! Time waits for no one and that is why it is important to make a mindful commitment now to not let this Lenten season pass you by.

Lent is a great time to focus on growing as an everyday steward. The temptations are always there to procrastinate or to give in to spiritual laziness, but the Church’s observation of Lent offers us so many tools to help us get on track. Increased devotions such as Stations of the Cross, various parish missions, or Lenten focused literature are all gifts that your parish may be offering to assist you in this season.

With the Passion being the focus of Lent, it is easy to contemplate the value of true generosity. How could someone give more than Jesus? He gave until His life was spent on a cross. When contemplating how we can increase our generosity in all aspects of our life, we only need to look to the Cross.

Of course, this also brings home to us that more may be asked of us than we bargained. The temptation is to not give too much, out of fear that might face persecution or worse.

But we take solace in the fact that we are disciples of One who had the same temptations. He overcame those temptations. He rejected the easy way out. His love and generosity could not be contained.

Jesus gave it all so that you and I have the chance to do the same. This Lent, look to the greatest example of stewardship that ever lived. Jesus will show us the way to a observe a Lent that will soon bring forth great Easter fruit.

Lent Reflection: Thursday after Ash Wednesday

Posted on March 2, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

March, 2 2017
Lent Reflection: Thursday after Ash Wednesday (March 2, 2017) - ‘If you obey the commandments of the LORD, your God... the LORD, your God, will bless you.’(Deuteronomy 30:16)

Reflection

We are called to be active about our faith. In this reading we are invited to follow in God’s ways. What does loving the Lord my God mean for me today? How can I show this?


Challenge

  • What opportunities might God offer me today to show that I love God?
  • I will think of one person with whom I can share my faith with today; perhaps someone I find it hard to love.

Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States of America, second typical edition © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc., Washington, DC. Used with permission. All rights reserved. No portion of this text may be reproduced by any means without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

Lent Reflection: Ash Wednesday

Posted on March 1, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

March, 1 2017
Lent Reflection: Ash Wednesday (March 1st, 2017) - ‘Pray to your Father... And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.’(Matthew 6:6)

Reflection

Lent begins today. As we enter this season, we are gifted with an opportunity to reflect, repent, and be renewed. We all need a space to find God, and this Lent might be a time when we think particularly about how we can grow our relationship with God in prayer.


Challenge

  • Where and how do I pray?
  • Is there an invitation from God, in this season, to commit to five more minutes in prayer each day?

Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States of America, second typical edition © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc., Washington, DC. Used with permission. All rights reserved. No portion of this text may be reproduced by any means without permission in writing from the copyright owner.