Lent Reflection: 5th Thursday of Lent

Posted on April 6, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

April 6, 2017
Lent Reflection: 5th Thursday of Lent (April 6, 2017) - ‘Who do you make yourself out to be?’(John 8:53)

Reflection

These words are a direct challenge to Jesus. He is accused of being a Samaritan and possessed by a devil and of uttering blasphemy against Abraham and the prophets. His opponents are about to stone him. We know who Jesus was claiming to be and who Jesus is. What if the question were asked of us? Who are we claiming to be as followers of Jesus? Would we say we are holy, set apart, adherents to a set of rules? Perhaps we could say that we have been entrusted with something very precious that we are not to hoard but to generously share. We are the stewards of the story of Jesus and the Christian life.


Challenge

  • How will I share today the wonderful gift that I am stewarding for the Lord?

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: 5th Wednesday of Lent

Posted on April 5, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

April 5, 2017
Lent Reflection: 5th Wednesday of Lent (April 5, 2017) - ‘If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’(John 8:31-32)

Reflection

The American poet Robert Frost wrote in his poem “Death of the Hired Man”: “Home is the place where, when you have to go there, They have to take you in.” The freedom spoken of today in John’s Gospel opens us to welcome both the stranger and the ones who have become estranged.


Challenge

  • Today, I will think about those who are estranged from me. How can I welcome them home?
  • I think too about the “newcomers,” the “strangers.” How can I reach out to them with a hand of welcome?

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: 5th Tuesday of Lent

Posted on April 4, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

April 4, 2017
Lent Reflection: 5th Tuesday of Lent (April 4, 2017) - ‘When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I AM.’(John 8:28)

Reflection

Jesus tells the unbelievers that when he is lifted up in death they will know that he is truly the Son of God. This echoes the first reading when Moses lifts up the bronze serpent in the desert to revive those who had been bitten by snakes. Jesus is telling us here that God can make our wounds our glory and transfigure us from death to life. We tend to say: “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”


Challenge

  • I will take a few minutes today to think of something I thought would defeat me but which has turned out to be a blessing in disguise. If I am able to, I thank God for that blessing.

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: 5th Monday of Lent

Posted on April 3, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

April 3, 2017
Lent Reflection: 5th Monday of Lent (April 3, 2017) - ‘Neither do I condemn you.’(John 8:11)

Reflection

Two readings today tell shocking stories about women who are condemned. Susanna, in the Book of Daniel, is unjustly accused yet saved because Daniel outwits her enemies. He interrogates them separately, uncovers their lies and the innocent woman is saved. In the reading from the Gospel of John, Jesus does not cross-examine those who have accused a woman of adultery, but calmly writes in the dust and invites whoever is without sin to throw the first stone. In this instance, the woman was guilty but was not condemned.


Challenge

  • I will call to mind someone I find difficult to forgive. With my finger, I trace their name in the palm of my hand and then close my hands, holding this person prayerfully before the Lord.

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: 5th Sunday of Lent

Posted on April 2, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

April 2, 2017
Lent Reflection: 5th Sunday of Lent (April 2, 2017) - ‘Let us also go to die with him.’(John 11:16)

Reflection

In all the drama of the raising of Lazarus, it is easy to miss these words of Thomas, the one we call “doubting Thomas.” The disciples were worried that if Jesus came to Bethany to see his sick friend, his enemies would stone him as they had threatened. Here, Thomas is prepared to go with Jesus and to die with him.


Challenge

  • Do I have the courage to follow Jesus when it might be easier not to?
  • What shall I do today to choose the right way over the easy way?

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 Saturday of Lent

Posted on April 1, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

April 1, 2017
Lent Reflection: 4th Saturday of Lent (April 1, 2017) - ‘For to you I have entrusted my cause!’(Jeremiah 11:20)

Reflection

Jeremiah initially did not believe himself to be worthy to be a messenger for God. But God thought differently. Here Jeremiah puts all his trust in the Lord, even though he feels “like a trusting lamb led to slaughter.” What a challenge for us! Not simply to trust God, but to trust that God knows what plans there are for each one of us. Like Jeremiah, each of us too is called to be God’s messenger, however unworthy we feel.


Challenge

  • Do I trust God that much?
  • How can I act as God’s messenger through all that happens in my life 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: 4th Friday of Lent

Posted on March 31, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

March 31, 2017
Lent Reflection: 4th Friday of Lent (March 31, 2017) - ‘The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.’(Responsorial Psalm)

Reflection

We all have situations in our lives that have caused heartbreak. Sometimes we respond by being independent—by thinking that we can solve the situation. We are often not inclined to share our saddest moments with those who can support us. This might happen because we think another person would see us as weak. Think of an aspect of life that still causes you heartbreak.


Challenge

  • I will place the situation that causes me heartbreak before the Lord, and ponder how it feels to know that God is close to me in this moment and in this place.

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 Thursday of Lent

Posted on March 30, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

March 30, 2017
Lent Reflection: 4th Thursday of Lent (March 30, 2017) - ‘Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.’(Responsorial Psalm)

Reflection

One of the things we focus on during Lent is repentance. We repent for the sin we have committed, for the times when we have readily stepped away from God and created disunity. We know that this is not a new problem but rather a part of the human condition—it was there when the prophets were writing.


Challenge

  • Today, I will identify one aspect of my life that is causing disunity between me and God. I ask for the grace to acknowledge this, to feel remorse, to make amends if necessary, and then to make a new start.

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 Wednesday of Lent

Posted on March 29, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

March 29, 2017
Lent Reflection: 4th Wednesday of Lent (March 29, 2017) - ‘Jesus answered the Jews: ‘My Father is at work until now, so I am at work.’’(John 5:17)

Reflection

Jesus put his trust in the Father and was obedient to his will. How often do we put our trust in God and allow him to work through us? We need to have the grace to accept our call to mirror God in our daily lives.


Challenge

  • I will watch those around me today and try to be conscious of God working through them, even if they are not conscious of that themselves.
  • How can I mirror God 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: 4th Tuesday of Lent

Posted on March 28, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

March 28, 2017
Lent Reflection: 4th Tuesday of Lent (March 28, 2017) - ‘Immediately the man became well.’(John 5:9)

Reflection

In today’s Gospel we hear of the cure of the man by the pool at Bethesda. Jesus asks the man, “Do you want to be well?” We all have flaws and areas of our lives that lead us into disunity with God. Imagine that God asks you, “Do you want to be well?” Which aspect of your life needs healing today?


Challenge

  • I will try to have the humility to name an area of my life that needs healing.
  • I will ask God for the grace to help me change so that I can become more like Jesus in word and deed.

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.