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.

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.