Lent Reflection: Easter Sunday

Posted on April 16, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

April 16, 2017
Lent Reflection: Easter Sunday (April 16, 2017) - ‘A Lamb the sheep redeems; Christ, who only is sinless, Reconciles sinners to the Father.’(Easter Sunday Sequence)

Reflection

We have here the beautiful pastoral image of the lamb saving the flock. We are more used to thinking of Jesus as the Good Shepherd who takes care of the sheep even to the point of laying down his life for them. Here we have the image of the most innocent being slaughtered to save the others. That, in the end, is what the Paschal mystery is all about. As the Communion antiphon puts it, “Christ our Passover has been sacrificed, alleluia; therefore let us keep the feast with the unleavened bread of purity and truth, alleluia, alleluia.”


Challenge

  • How will my life reflect the joy of the Resurrection today and for the next fifty days?

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: Holy Saturday

Posted on April 15, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

April 15, 2017
Lent Reflection: Holy Saturday (April 15, 2017) - ‘All time belongs to him and all the ages.’(Blessing of the Easter Candle)

Reflection

These words are usually heard in the church grounds or in the porch as the Easter candle is blessed. And we can miss them. All of the later readings at the Easter Vigil speak of God’s good time—the hymn of the seven days of creation from Genesis, the time of Israel’s deliverance from slavery, and the final frontier between time on earth and everlasting life mentioned in Paul’s Letter to the Romans. God has given us a life to live, not time to manage. So today is a good time to simply be thankful for time that is God’s gift to us.


Challenge

  • I give thanks for those who have shared their time with me with loving generosity.

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: Good Friday

Posted on April 14, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

April 14, 2017
Lent Reflection: Good Friday (April 14, 2017) - ‘Nicodemus ... also came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes weighing about a hundred pounds.’(John 19:39)

Reflection

Amidst the horror of the Passion and death of Jesus, we are back to another story of ointment today. We recall the incident in the house of Lazarus where one pound of ointment was scandalous and wasteful. Here, one of the secret followers of Jesus breaks cover and brings ten times that amount to anoint his body for burial. Perhaps one message here is: “You don’t know what you have until it’s gone.” Regret and the grief of loss leap off the pages of the Gospel as the followers of Jesus feel that it is truly all over.


Challenge

  • Where and how do I pray?
  • What steps can I take in order to do my best for the living and the dead?

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.