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.

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.