Lent Reflection: 4th Monday of Lent

Posted on March 27, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

March 27, 2017
Lent Reflection: 4th Monday of Lent (March 27, 2017) - ‘Your son will live.’(John 4:53)

Reflection

In today’s Gospel reading Jesus cures the son of a court official. Imagine what it would have been like to witness one of Jesus’ miracles. What difference would it have made to your faith in God? Do you think you would have been amazed or do you think you would have been skeptical that there was some other explanation for what had happened? When the official heard that his son had indeed been cured, we are told that everyone in the household believed. We may not see children being cured in this way, but we are surrounded by small miracles every day.


Challenge

  • I will spend a few moments thinking about a miracle of God that I have witnessed recently and give thanks to God for this.

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: 4th Sunday of Lent

Posted on March 26, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

March 26, 2017
Lent Reflection: 4th Sunday of Lent (March 26, 2017) - ‘The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.’(Responsorial Psalm)

Reflection

Psalm 23 is perhaps the most famous of all the psalms. The image of a shepherd is an interesting one: we know that shepherds tend and look after their flocks and care for them despite the weather. This is also a favorite hymn for funerals. Imagine you are planning your funeral; do you truly believe these words? That with God to shepherd you, you have no need to worry?


Challenge

  • At the end of today, I will make a list of all the things that are troubling me. I will sit quietly and try to offer the list to God for safekeeping while I sleep. How does it feel to place my burdens in God’s hands?

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: The Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord – 3rd Saturday of Lent

Posted on March 25, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

March 25, 2017 Lent Reflection: The Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord - 3rd Saturday of Lent (March 25, 2017) - ‘Mary said, ‘Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.’’(Luke 1:38)

Reflection

We live in a society in which humility is considered to be a weakness. We are encouraged to be proud of our abilities and push ourselves forward for recognition, even at the expense of others. Instead we should look out for others, especially the weaker members of our community, and encourage them to use their gifts.  

Challenge

  • Today I will look for an opportunity to affirm someone else and allow them to step forward as I step back to let this happen.
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.

New Eyes

Posted on March 24, 2017 by - The Main Thing

Jesus Heals the Blind ManTalking about discipleship and truly being a disciple are two very different things. It is easier to know what we should do than to carry out.

Many saints from our tradition have had much to say about this struggle to do what they know they must do, and not do that which they know they shouldn’t. It is part of being human.

Without God, we have no chance to overcome this predicament. Without God, our actions can ring hollow, or often we are immobilized to act at all. Without God, we suffer with blindness to the truth of what is important and eternal.

The story in John 9 of Jesus healing the blind man is about more than a physical healing and just one man. It is about how each of us can find healing of our blindness by turning to Jesus Christ.

Are you someone that has been saying, “I don’t understand all this talk of discipleship and stewardship. What’s the big deal?” We all have a blindness that needs to be healed, and the Body of Christ needs you so that God’s presence in our world can be seen in a more profound manner.

The reality is that God heals the blindness of those you seek him, so that in turn, they may be vehicles by which others may see as well.

This Lent, you are invited to bring your blindness to Jesus. All the written reflections in the world will not give you new eyes. Those eyes can only be found in Jesus

Lent Reflection: 3rd Friday of Lent

Posted on March 24, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

March 24, 2017 Lent Reflection: 3rd Friday of Lent (March 24, 2017) - ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’(Mark 12:30)

Reflection

In today’s Gospel reading we are given this as the first commandment and are told that the second is to love your neighbor as yourself. To love someone that much you would want to spend time with them.  

Challenge

  • Today I will commit to spending five more minutes with God as a sign of following that first commandment.
  • I will try to show my love of God today through reaching out to a “neighbor.”
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: 3rd Thursday of Lent

Posted on March 23, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

March 23, 2017 Lent Reflection: 3rd Thursday of Lent (March 23, 2017) - ‘Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us joyfully sing psalms to him.’(Psalm 95:2)

Reflection

However and wherever we are today, we have much for which to be grateful. Even if life is a struggle, if times are hard and we are full of sadness, there have been things in our lives for which we can give thanks.  

Challenge

  • As a way of giving thanks today I might take the words of the psalm literally and hum a favorite hymn and make that part of my prayer of thanksgiving today.
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: 3rd Wednesday of Lent

Posted on March 22, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

March 22, 2017 Lent Reflection: 3rd Wednesday of Lent (March 22, 2017) - ‘Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.’(Matthew 5:17)

Reflection

Lent is a time of deepening our faith and our understanding of God. Jesus refers to the books of the Old Testament as the law and the prophets and explains how he came to fulfil these words of Scripture and to clarify the law. Jesus challenged many previously held attitudes, for example to love rather than hate your enemy.  

Challenge

  • We all struggle at times with people we don’t find easy. Yesterday I showed an act of kindness to someone I love; today I will try to show that same love that is God-given to someone I find difficult 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.

The Good News

Posted on March 21, 2017 by - Midweek Reflection


For Sunday, March 26, 2017, 4th Sunday of Lent

1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a
Ephesians 5:8-14
John 9:1-41 or 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38

It’s a Miracle! Man Born Blind Can Now See!

Earlier today a man, blind from birth, encountered the man they call Jesus of Nazareth and apparently now he can see! It was Jesus who stopped and spoke to the man, rubbed clay on his eyes, and then instructed him to go and wash in the pool of Siloam. Like magic, the blind man then could suddenly see! Of course, some of the authorities spoke out in dismay since this so-called healing took place on the Sabbath. Even his parents had very little to comment out of fear of repercussions. However, what’s the bottom line? Man born blind now can see!

Fake news for sure! Like my mother always said, “If a story is too good to be true, it probably is.” There are just so many fake news stories nowadays it can be very difficult knowing truth from fiction. We need to be very careful. (more…)

Lent Reflection: 3rd Tuesday of Lent

Posted on March 21, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

March 21, 2017
Lent Reflection: 3rd Tuesday of Lent (March 21, 2017) - ‘Return to me with your whole heart; for I am gracious and merciful.’(Gospel Acclamation)

Reflection

Jesus invites us and wants us to be in right relationship with him. The heart is a recurrent image in Scripture in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. Our hearts were made by and for God, to love as God loves.


Challenge

  • Today, I think of those I have loved who have died and gone to God before me. I thank God for the gifts that each person gave me.
  • I think too of those who I love and will see today. I think of some act of kindness I can do for them that will show God’s love made manifest through me.

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: 3rd Monday of Lent

Posted on March 20, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

March 20, 2017
Lent Reflection: 3rd Monday of Lent (March 20, 2017) - ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.’(Matthew 1:20)

Reflection

St. Joseph is a great example of a person of faith. Matthew’s Gospel describes him as a man of honor, and he is faced with what is humanly a very difficult situation: his betrothed wife is expecting a baby and he is not the father. What must have been his thoughts and feelings when he found out? However, he is able to trust the voice in his dream.


Challenge

  • Where do I hear God’s voice telling me not to be afraid? Am I able to trust? Or at least to pray for trust and courage? I will try to do this today.

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.