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

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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

March 2 – Second Wednesday of Lent

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deepenYourFaithToday’s Gospel

“’Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.,’ (Matt 5:17).”

Daily Lent Reflection

Lent is a time of deepening our faith and our understanding of God. Jesus refers to the books of the Old Testament as the Law and the Prophets and explains how he came to fulfil these words of scripture and to clarify the Law. Jesus challenged many previously held attitudes, for example to love rather than hate your enemy and to turn the other cheek rather than seek revenge.

Daily Lent Challenge

Today if  I know someone who does not like me, I will ask God to help that person change their attitude towards me and free me from any ill feeling towards them.

Teresa Keogh, Archdiocese of Southwark

March 1 – Third Tuesday of Lent

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shineYourLightToday’s Gospel

“’Your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father,’ (Matt 5:16).”

Daily Lent Reflection

Jesus instructed His disciples to go to all nations and peoples and to bring His light to them. Our mission is to continue to spread the gift of faith, whatever our state in life: to let the light of Christ shine through us wherever we go and whatever we do. This is done by loving one another as Christ has loved us.

Daily Lent Challenge

Today I will take a few moments to call to mind some of the challenging and important situations in which I am called to witness as a servant and follower of Jesus. They may be local; family, workplace or community. They may be national or worldwide; the environment, human and natural resources, the economic order or governmental affairs.

Teresa Keogh, Archdiocese of Southwark