March 18 – Fifth Friday of Lent

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

March 13 – Fifth Sunday of Lent

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sinNoMoreToday’s Gospel

“‘Neither do I condemn you. Go, [and] from now on do not sin any more,” (John 8:11).

Daily Lent Reflection

The story of the adulteress condemned to death by stoning reveals God’s mercy towards sinners. Those that had condemned her were unable to carry out the punishment once Jesus had said ‘if there is one among you who has not sinned let him be the first to throw a stone at her’. They ended up condemning themselves by not casting a stone. But Jesus calls the woman to a new life.

Daily Lent Challenge

Today I will spend a few moments ‘witnessing’ the scene of the adulteress being brought before Jesus and the reaction of the crowd to Jesus’ response. How does the woman respond to the mercy shown her by Jesus? How do I respond to Jesus’ mercy towards me?

Teresa Keogh, Archdiocese of Southwark

March 12 – Fourth Saturday of Lent

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trustGodToday’s Scripture

“For to you I have entrusted my cause!” (Jeremiah 18:20).

Daily Lent Reflection

Jeremiah initially did not believe himself to be worthy to be a messenger for God. But God knew differently and here Jeremiah puts all his trust in the Lord; in this reading he says he “was like a trustful lamb being led to the slaughter-house.”

What a challenge for us! Not simply to trust God, but to trust that God knows what plans there are for each of us – and that God is to be trusted even when it might feel like we are being led to the “slaughter-house.”

Daily Lent Challenge

Today I will ask myself do I trust God that much? What would it be like to open myself to experience that level of trust? Are there small steps I can take today to try that?

Teresa Keogh, Archdiocese of Southwark

March 5 – Third Saturday of Lent

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humbleYourselfToday’s Gospel

“’For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted,’ (Luke 18:14).”

Daily Lent 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.

Daily Lent Challenge

Today I will look for an opportunity to step back and allow someone else to shine instead of me.

–Teresa Keogh, Archdiocese of Southwark

March 4 – Third Friday of Lent

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loveGodFirstToday’s Gospel

“’Which is the first of all the commandments?,’ (Mark 12:28).”

Daily Lent Reflection

Imagine sitting listening to Jesus as he answers the questions put to him by those who wanted to catch him out and yet were astounded by his answers. We are often asked awkward questions about our faith but we should take courage and always remember that love of God is the first commandment we live by and love of neighbour is the second. Everything else flows from these.

Daily Lent Challenge

Today I will show my love for God and neighbor through an act of kindness to a stranger or someone I don’t get along with.

Teresa Keogh, Archdiocese of Southwark

March 3 – Third Thursday of Lent

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followJesusToday’s Gospel

“’Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters,’ (Luke 11:23).”

Daily Lent Reflection

We are called to follow Jesus actively, and invite others to follow with us, in order to build up the kingdom of God. Neutrality is not an option. What does this mean for me?

Daily Lent Challenge

Today I will think of ways in which I might invite others to wonder about God for example by offering to pray for them in times of trouble.

Teresa Keogh, Archdiocese of Southwark