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.

Lent Reflection: 1st Tuesday of Lent

Posted on March 7, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

March 7, 2017
Lent Reflection: 1st Tuesday of Lent (March 7, 2017) - ‘If you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.’(Matthew 6:15)

Reflection

Today’s reading is a somber reminder that we cannot expect to receive mercy from God if we are not able to show the same mercy towards those who have hurt us. Sometimes it is a struggle, but we must never give up trying.


Challenge

  • Is there someone I find it difficult to forgive? I will ask God to help me see that person in a more positive light, to enable to me to let go of whatever it is that has hurt 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: 1st Monday of Lent

Posted on March 6, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

March 6, 2017
Lent Reflection: 1st Monday of Lent (March 6, 2017) - ‘Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’(Matthew 25:40)

Reflection

In today’s Gospel, we are reminded that we must serve God through serving others, particularly those who are worse off than we are. This may be materially through almsgiving. However, it may also be through an act of kindness towards someone who is avoided by others because they do not fit in socially.


Challenge

  • Is there someone on the margins of my community or work group? How can I reach out to that person today with an act of kindness?

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 Sunday of Lent

Posted on March 5, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

March 5, 2017
Lent Reflection: 1st Sunday of Lent (March 5, 2017) - ‘One does not live by bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God’(Matthew 4:4)

Reflection

Our Sunday Lent readings this year, as they do every year, begin with an account of Jesus’ time being tested in the desert. At a time when Jesus was suffering from extreme hunger, Satan challenged him to turn stones into bread. But Jesus, inspired by the Holy Spirit with strength, courage, and self-control, overcame his immediate desire for food and instead turned to God. Like Jesus, we are invited to turn to God in our weakness and in times of testing.


Challenge

  • I will call to mind a time recently when I have given in to temptation. How might I act differently next time and keep my focus on God?

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: Saturday after Ash Wednesday

Posted on March 4, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

March, 4 2017
Lent Reflection: Saturday after Ash Wednesday (March 4, 2017) - ‘Harden not your hearts today, But listen to the voice of the Lord.’(Gospel Acclamation)

Reflection

Faith in action means that we try to remain open to others and kind to others. We try not to have “hard hearts.” We are called to respond to God and others with open and generous hearts and to “listen to the voice of the Lord.” It may be in the very act of responding kindly in a difficult situation that we see the face of God today.


Challenge

  • When did I hear the voice of the Lord in another person today? I thank God for that opportunity to grow in love of 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: Friday after Ash Wednesday

Posted on March 3, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

March 3, 2017
Lent Reflection: Friday after Ash Wednesday (March 3, 2017) - ‘Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness; in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.’(Psalm 51:3)

Reflection

In the psalm today, there is the recognition that we are all sinners. However, we believe that God is compassionate and that we will be forgiven when we recognize what has led us away from God and are sorry for it. Is there something in my life that I know is leading me from God: an action, a negative relationship, a feeling?


Challenge

  • Today I will think of something, however small or large, that leads me away from God. I will spend some time exploring this with God and imagine God pouring compassion into the situation.

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 is HERE!

Posted on March 2, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

An Everyday Stewardship Reflection for the First Sunday of Lent

First Sunday of LentCan you believe Lent is here already? It seems like not that long ago I was decorating a Christmas tree! Time waits for no one and that is why it is important to make a mindful commitment now to not let this Lenten season pass you by.

Lent is a great time to focus on growing as an everyday steward. The temptations are always there to procrastinate or to give in to spiritual laziness, but the Church’s observation of Lent offers us so many tools to help us get on track. Increased devotions such as Stations of the Cross, various parish missions, or Lenten focused literature are all gifts that your parish may be offering to assist you in this season.

With the Passion being the focus of Lent, it is easy to contemplate the value of true generosity. How could someone give more than Jesus? He gave until His life was spent on a cross. When contemplating how we can increase our generosity in all aspects of our life, we only need to look to the Cross.

Of course, this also brings home to us that more may be asked of us than we bargained. The temptation is to not give too much, out of fear that might face persecution or worse.

But we take solace in the fact that we are disciples of One who had the same temptations. He overcame those temptations. He rejected the easy way out. His love and generosity could not be contained.

Jesus gave it all so that you and I have the chance to do the same. This Lent, look to the greatest example of stewardship that ever lived. Jesus will show us the way to a observe a Lent that will soon bring forth great Easter fruit.

Lent Reflection: Thursday after Ash Wednesday

Posted on March 2, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

March, 2 2017
Lent Reflection: Thursday after Ash Wednesday (March 2, 2017) - ‘If you obey the commandments of the LORD, your God... the LORD, your God, will bless you.’(Deuteronomy 30:16)

Reflection

We are called to be active about our faith. In this reading we are invited to follow in God’s ways. What does loving the Lord my God mean for me today? How can I show this?


Challenge

  • What opportunities might God offer me today to show that I love God?
  • I will think of one person with whom I can share my faith with today; perhaps someone I find it hard 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.

Lent Reflection: Ash Wednesday

Posted on March 1, 2017 by - Lent Reflections

March, 1 2017
Lent Reflection: Ash Wednesday (March 1st, 2017) - ‘Pray to your Father... And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.’(Matthew 6:6)

Reflection

Lent begins today. As we enter this season, we are gifted with an opportunity to reflect, repent, and be renewed. We all need a space to find God, and this Lent might be a time when we think particularly about how we can grow our relationship with God in prayer.


Challenge

  • Where and how do I pray?
  • Is there an invitation from God, in this season, to commit to five more minutes in prayer each day?

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.