February 29 – Third Monday of Lent

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needForPrayerToday’s Gospel

“He passed through the midst of them and went away, (Luke 4:30).”

Daily Lent Reflection

Jesus was a man with boundaries. He totally gave of himself, to the sick and the needy, and in his death on a cross. But he knew when to conserve his energy and to attend to his own safety and to his need for prayer. Nowadays we call this “assertiveness.” It is the ability to respond appropriately in the moment, to say “no” or to schedule time for oneself.

Daily Lent Challenge

Today I will ask whether I make time for prayer in my life. Am I assertive with time boundaries, or do I martyr myself so that I can score “busy points”? Do I try to control and think that I am indispensable?

Teresa Keogh, Archdiocese of Southwark

February 28 – Third Sunday of Lent

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holyGroundToday’s Scripture

“Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground., (Exo 3:5).”

Daily Lent Reflection

How awesome – to stand before the living God! And yet we do it at every minute of every day. There is no greater worship than to present ourselves to God, in the unadorned reality of ourselves, without illusions, but also without resentment or bitterness. Life is a great gift; owning my life and gifting it to God is the right response. This is holy ground; this is where I stand – and it is holy.

Daily Lent Challenge

Today I will remind myself throughout the day that I am on holy ground. How does this feel?

Teresa Keogh, Archdiocese of Southwark

February 27 – Second Saturday of Lent

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giveThanksToday’s Scripture

“Bless the LORD, my soul; and do not forget all his gifts, (Psa 103:2).”

Daily Lent Reflection

Sometimes we feel very blessed–things might be going well and it is easy to “give thanks to the Lord.” At other times it is only too easy to “forget all his blessings.”  Life can be tough and we can be limited by our experiences; we can lose hope because life does not go according to plan.

Daily Lent Challenge

Today I thank the Lord for the blessings that come my way in whatever guise – people, situations, surroundings, activities, weather etc. 

Teresa Keogh, Archdiocese of Southwark

February 26 – Second Friday of Lent

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godsGiftsToday’s Scripture

“When his brothers saw that their father loved him best of all his brothers, they hated him so much that they could not say a kind word to him, (Gen 37:4).”

Daily Lent Reflection

Today’s first reading is part of the story of Joseph, the dreamer (the one with the multicolored dreamcoat). It is the story of how his brothers were jealous because Joseph had what they wanted. They could not appreciate the fact that God had chosen specific gifts for Joseph; but more importantly, they were also not recognizing the gifts that God had chosen for each of them.

Daily Lent Challenge

Today I ask myself if there is a person in my life I want to be like or a gift I wish I had that I have not been given? Can I be grateful when I receive that gift from or through someone else? I also will meditate on the gifts that God has given me and thank God for me.

Teresa Keogh, Archdiocese of Southwark

February 25 – Second Thursday of Lent

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repentToday’s Gospel Acclamation

“Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory…Father I have sinned against heaven and against you.”

Daily Lent Reflection

Sin is not something we readily talk about – and it sometimes seems as if it is not fashionable to talk about it. Perhaps we think of sin as the things that we do that we judge as wrong. In this season that invites us to repent, we could think about two aspects of our own sin.

Daily Lent Challenge

Today I ask myself where and when am I not conscious of God in my life? What are the areas of disunity? For example, is there a person or group of people I find difficult to love today? Is there a way I could change that today?

Over the course of today, I will consider the things I eat. Is what I eat (or the way it has been produced) contributing to anyone being exploited or treated unjustly in any way? Have I eaten more than I need today?

 

Teresa Keogh, Archdiocese of Southwark

February 24 – Second Wednesday of Lent

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inYourHandsToday’s Scripture

“In your hands is my destiny, (Psa 31:15).

Daily Lent Reflection

We are now about a third of the way through Lent.

This season of repentance, renewal and hope may have started well – or maybe it was full of good intentions that haven’t been fully realised as yet.

Perhaps today we can take this short phrase from the psalm as a mantra, repeating it throughout the day: “In your hands is my destiny.”

Daily Lent Challenge

Today I meditate on the thought that my life is in the hands of a Mighty and Wondrous God. How do I feel when I hear that my destiny is in His hands?

Teresa Keogh, Archdiocese of Southwark

February 23 – Second Tuesday of Lent

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practiceFaithToday’s Gospel

“’For they preach but they do not practice,’ (Matt 23:3).

Daily Lent Reflection

In today’s Gospel, Matthew talks about the scribes and the Pharisees, recounting how they exalted themselves. This reading warns against attracting attention by outward signs – of power and religiosity.

Daily Lent Challenge

Today I ask myself if there are places in myself where I allow myself to feel superior. Can I open myself to be more humble and ask God for his grace? Can I act in the knowledge that we are all equal before God?

Teresa Keogh, Archdiocese of Southwark

February 22 – Second Monday of Lent

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whoIsJesusToday’s Gospel

“’But who do you say that I am?’, (Mat 16:15).

Daily Lent Reflection

In today’s Gospel Jesus asks his disciples “who do people say I am?” and they report to him what they have heard others saying about him. But when he then asks the direct question “who do you say I am?”, they are apparently caught off guard and it is only Simon who speaks up, saying “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God!”

In doing so, Simon makes a leap over an abyss, and evidences a “conversion.” To answer the first question, it was only necessary to look around, to have listened to people’s opinions. But to answer the second question, it was necessary to look inside, to listen to a completely different voice, a voice that was not of flesh and blood but of the Father in heaven.

Daily Lent Challenge

Today I ask myself who Jesus is to me personally and ask myself how that answer makes a difference in how I live each day.

Teresa Keogh, Archdiocese of Southwark

February 21 – Second Sunday of Lent

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generousLoveToday’s Gospel

“’It is wonderful for us to be here,’ (Mat 5:25).

Daily Lent Reflection

Today we hear an account of the Transfiguration.  It reminds us of who Jesus is and what love he showed in becoming human.  It leaves us with the simple question – what more could Jesus have done to show the strength of God’s love for humanity?  Over two thousand years, we have perhaps lost a sense of the scale of what God did.  Certainly, for many of us, our response does not truly match the generosity of God and the gifts he has given to us.

Daily Lent Challenge

Today I will try to keep God’s generous love in mind and respond in the light of that love.

Teresa Keogh, Archdiocese of Southwark

February 20 – First Saturday of Lent

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loveForAllToday’s Scripture

“For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? (Mat 5:46).

Daily Lent Reflection

Today’s readings emphasize the need to obey the Lord’s commands.  The first reading is uncompromising about what is required.  Moses reminds the people that their special status as God’s own people can only be achieved if the covenant is honored in the heart, as well as in the doing.  In the gospel reading, Jesus reminds us that the honoring of the covenant is not about simply being right, but by being just and loving.  It is easy to love those who are the ‘righteous’ but much more challenging to serve those who are more challenging.

Daily Lent Challenge

Today I will ask myself who the people are that I find most difficult to love?  Why? What opportunities might there be today to reach out to someone I find difficult to love?

Teresa Keogh, Archdiocese of Southwark