Lent Reflection: 2nd Friday of Lent

Posted on March 17, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

March 17, 2017
Lent Reflection: 2nd Friday of Lent (March 17, 2017) - ‘Remember the marvels the Lord has done.’(Responsorial Psalm)

Reflection

Sometimes we go through a day and fail to see and wonder at the things that surround us. Perhaps today is a good day, regardless of the weather, to take stock of the gift of creation. What part are you playing to preserve it for future generations?


Challenge

  • What inspires me in creation today? I give thanks to God for this gift.
  • Today, I will try to do one thing that preserves and protects God’s creation. It may be as small as recycling some cardboard.

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: 2nd Thursday of Lent

Posted on March 16, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

March 16, 2017
Lent Reflection: 2nd Thursday of Lent (March 16, 2017) - ‘Blessed are they who have kept the word with a generous heart and yield a harvest through perseverance.’(Gospel Acclamation)

Reflection

We all have the capacity to be generous—but we also all have the capacity to be mean-spirited. We have the choice of giving back to God with increase—time, gifts, and even our material possessions, or choosing for that harvest not to bear fruit.


Challenge

  • If I am reading this at the beginning of the day I can choose to respond to what the day brings with a generous heart. If I’m reading it at the end of the day, I look back and see the opportunities to be generous that I have taken—and those I have missed… Tomorrow can be different.

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: 2nd Wednesday of Lent

Posted on March 15, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

March 15, 2017
Lent Reflection: 2nd Wednesday of Lent (March 15, 2017) - ‘But my trust is in you, O LORD; I say, ‘You are my God.’’(Psalm 31:15)

Reflection

We are now about a third of the way through Lent. This season of repentance, renewal, and hope may have started well—or maybe it was full of good intentions that haven’t been fully realized as yet. Perhaps today I can take part of this psalm as a mantra, repeating it throughout the day: “My trust is in you, O Lord” or “You are my God.”


Challenge

  • How does it feel to hear those words?

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: 2nd Tuesday of Lent

Posted on March 14, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

March 14, 2017
Lent Reflection: 2nd Tuesday of Lent (March 14, 2017) - ‘Come now, let us set things right, says the LORD.’(Isaiah 1:18)

Reflection

We tend to think that we are in control and that all power lies with us. As Christians we know in our heads that God is in control—but do we know this in our hearts? When was the last time we talked something over with the Lord?


Challenge

  • I will think of something that is troubling me today, it might be in my own life, in the life of someone else, or something in the world. I will sit with the Lord and “talk this over.”

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: 2nd Monday of Lent

Posted on March 13, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

March 13, 2017
Lent Reflection: 2nd Monday of Lent (March 13, 2017) - ‘Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure.’(Luke 6:38)

Reflection

We are all gifted people. Why? Because God chose gifts for each one of us and then trusted us to use them in service. This is the right response to God’s generosity. Do I give back what is right—or what is left over?


Challenge

  • I will recognize one gift that God has given me. Where do I use it and with whom do I share it?
  • Where do I find it difficult or challenging to use that gift? With whom do I not share it?

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: 2nd Sunday of Lent

Posted on March 12, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

March 12, 2017
Lent Reflection: 2nd Sunday of Lent (March 12, 2017) - ‘Do not be afraid.’(Matthew 17:7)

Reflection

Today’s Gospel reading is an account of the Transfiguration. When Peter, James, and John see Jesus transfigured before their eyes, we are told that they “were very much afraid.” Today, over two thousand years later, there is much in our world that we are frightened of or frightened about. “Do not be afraid” is a phrase often heard in Scripture; we can take heart from it because these words would not have been said by Jesus had the disciples not already been fearful.


Challenge

  • What makes me fearful? Today I will spend five minutes speaking with God about my fears for myself, my family and friends, the world.

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: 1st Saturday of Lent

Posted on March 11, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

March 11, 2017
Lent Reflection: 1st Saturday of Lent (March 11, 2017) - ‘Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you.’(Matthew 5:44)

Reflection

In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus teaches us to go beyond treating those who hurt us simply with justice. He asks us to show them mercy. Although we may not approve of their conduct, we must still wish them well and be compassionate towards them in times of trial.


Challenge

  • Is there someone I need to be merciful towards?
  • What opportunities might there be today for me to reach out to that person and show compassion?

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: 1st Friday of Lent

Posted on March 10, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

March 10, 2017
Lent Reflection: 1st Friday of Lent (March 10, 2017) - ‘If the wicked, turning from the wickedness he has committed, does what is right and just, he shall preserve his life.’(Ezekiel 18:27)

Reflection

In today’s reading from Ezekiel we can be consoled that, no matter what we did in the past, it will have no effect on our relationship with God, provided we reach out to God here and now. On the other hand, there is no room for complacency. Our past good record can be completely undone by our turning away from God at any time.


Challenge

  • I will reflect for a few moments about what I need to do to keep on the path that leads to God. I will ask God to help me stay on that path and not stray.

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: 1st Thursday of Lent

Posted on March 9, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

March 9, 2017
Lent Reflection: 1st Thursday of Lent (March 9, 2017) - ‘Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.’(Matthew 7:7)

Reflection

Jesus promises that our prayers will be answered if we pray earnestly, with diligence and perseverance. However, it is implied that we ask for the things which it may be consistent for God to give—that is, things which he has promised to give and which would be best for us to receive. Of that God is to be the judge.


Challenge

  • How do I ask, seek, and knock when I pray to God? Is there something I need to ask God to help me with 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: 1st Wednesday of Lent

Posted on March 8, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

March, 8 2017
Lent Reflection: 1st Wednesday of Lent (March 8, 2017) - ‘This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it except the sign of Jonah.’(Luke 11:29)

Reflection

Many of the people who followed Jesus were not satisfied just to hear his words. Instead they demanded a sign. Jesus responded by comparing himself to Jonah, who was sent by God to the people of Nineveh. These pagan people listened to Jonah’s message, repented, and were reconciled to God. Jesus, who is the sign of signs, asks for at least as much wisdom in hearing his word as the people of Nineveh had in hearing Jonah.


Challenge

  • Do I only look for the signs that suit me? Jesus insists that the real sign is his own person. I ask God for a listening heart, open to Jesus and ready to change its ways.

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.