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.

March 18 – Fifth Friday of Lent

Posted on March 18, 2016 by - Lent Reflections

godKnowsAllToday’s Gospel

“LORD of hosts, you test the just, you see mind and heart, Let me see the vengeance you take on them, for to you I have entrusted my cause,” (Jeremiah 20:12).

Daily Lent Reflection

For Jeremiah, God is the one who knows us intimately, who sees into our hearts and our souls and from whom nothing can be hidden. If my relationship with God is a fearful one, this is a very scary thought, but if I am able to even get an inkling of God’s unconditional love for me, there can be something very comforting about being known in this way. There is nothing I need to hide from God, nothing that could make God love me less; God already knows all my secrets, all my hidden thoughts and desires – even those I don’t understand myself!

Daily Lent Challenge

Today I will ask myself what does it feel like to be known intimately? How open is my heart to God knowing me in this way?

Teresa Keogh, Archdiocese of Southwark

March 17 – Fifth Thursday of Lent

Posted on March 17, 2016 by - Lent Reflections

noTurningBackToday’s Gospel

“They left everything and followed him,” (Luke 5:11).

Daily Lent Reflection

It is hard to imagine the incredible impression Jesus must have made on the disciples to make them leave everything and follow him. However, are we not called to do the same? What do we need to leave in order to follow him?

Daily Lent Challenge

Today I will think about one aspect of my life that stops me from following Jesus and ask God to help me change.

Teresa Keogh, Archdiocese of Southwark

March 16 – Fifth Wednesday of Lent

Posted on March 16, 2016 by - Lent Reflections

freeFromSinToday’s Gospel

“’If you make my Word your home, you will indeed be my disciples; you will learn the truth and the truth will make you free,’” (John 8:31, NJB).

Daily Lent Reflection

Home is a wonderful place where we are welcomed for what we are and, whatever failings we may have, we can always go back home. The Word of Jesus offers that home for the disciples of Jesus Christ and by listening to the Word, Jesus promises that we will not only grow in love and understanding of God, but we will be changed, we will see ourselves and the world around us differently and be gradually freed from sin.

Daily Lent Challenge

Today I will be grateful for “home” whether that means a place or people to me.

Teresa Keogh, Archdiocese of Southwark

March 15 – Fifth Tuesday of Lent

Posted on March 15, 2016 by - Lent Reflections

wordsAndActionsToday’s Scripture

“’The one who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, because I always do what is pleasing to him,’” (John 8:29).

Daily Lent Reflection

Jesus speaks here with a certainty about the teachings of his Father. He is met with misunderstanding initially and these few lines are his response to being misunderstood. Lent is about realigning ourselves with the will of the Father. Perhaps today is a good time to audit again how this Lenten journey is going.

Daily Lent Challenge

Today I will ask myself if I preach what I know of God – in both word and action. What small thing can I do today to show that I am a witness?

Teresa Keogh, Archdiocese of Southwark

March 14 – Fifth Monday of Lent

Posted on March 14, 2016 by - Lent Reflections

lightAndDarknessToday’s Scripture

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me,” (Psalm 23:4).

Daily Lent Reflection

Light and darkness are powerful images that occur often in the Bible, and are present in each human life. Darkness is often associated with evil, with fear, with death, or with despair. Here, the Psalmist expresses an absolute trust. Having God as my Shepherd does not remove the darkness, but I know that ultimately I am safe.

Daily Lent Challenge

Today I will ask myself what the areas of internal or external darkness are in my life? What am I afraid of? Where is God in these areas?

Teresa Keogh, Archdiocese of Southwark