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February 29 – Third Monday of Lent

Today’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 […]

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February 28 – Third Sunday of Lent

Today’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 […]

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February 27 – Second Saturday of Lent

Today’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 […]

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February 26 – Second Friday of Lent

Today’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 […]

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February 25 – Second Thursday of Lent

Today’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 […]

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February 24 – Second Wednesday of Lent

Today’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 […]

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February 23 – Second Tuesday of Lent

Today’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 […]

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February 22 – Second Monday of Lent

Today’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 […]

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February 21 – Second Sunday of Lent

Today’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 […]

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February 20 – First Saturday of Lent

Today’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 […]

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February 19 – First Friday of Lent

Today’s Scripture “Go first and be reconciled with your brother, (Mat 5:25).” Daily Lent Reflection In today’s Gospel reading we hear that we should not be approaching the altar if our brother (or sister) has something against us. One of the important lessons from this reading is the need for reconciliation. Our humanity inevitably means that there […]

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February 18 – First Thursday of Lent

Today’s Scripture “On the day I cried out, you answered, (Psa 138:3).” Daily Lent Reflection Rather like the Psalm which is used today, the reading from the Book of Esther is a prayer of total trust in the Lord. Esther’s people are exiles in a foreign land and are facing the risk of extermination. Esther appeals to […]

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