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Lent Reflection: April 5th, Easter Sunday


“I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified. He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said.” (Matthew 28:5-6)

Alleluia! Jesus is risen! As Pope Francis said: “Love has triumphed, mercy has been victorious! God’s mercy always triumphs because God’s love is stronger than evil and death itself. God’s love can transform our lives too.” Rejoice and be glad! Seek to continue living in the new life God has given you!

Lent Reflection: April 4th


“Something strange is happening — there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh.” (From an ancient homily on Holy Saturday)

Spend some time today reflecting on the past 40 days of Lent and give thanks for what Christ has done for you. After reading this, turn off the electronics and silently listen for God.

 

Lent Reflection: April 3rd


 

“Let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help.” (Hebrews 4:16)

The Cross is Jesus’ throne of grace, from which mercy and love pour out upon us. Jesus spent his life giving of himself, loving us and trusting in God. He took all of our sin, all of our pain, and took it to the cross with him.

Lent Reflection: April 2nd


“If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet. I have given you a model to follow.” (John 13:14-15)

The model Jesus gives us is one of loving service, of laying down his life for his friends. How can you follow Jesus’ example? How can you love?

Lent Reflection: April 1st


“Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters”-Luke 11: 23

Our lives as followers of Christ within our world today can often be difficult for the soul. Others who do not know Christ do not understand that their worldly possessions will not satisfy their hearts. When faced with aggression and suffering, it is so easy to close up our hearts and turn our backs to Christ’s love.  However, during the times when the devil is tempting us to turn our backs to Christ, our God is the closest to our hearts. To be a follower of Christ will require us to have full trust that he is the way, the truth, and the light

Lent Reflection: March 31st


Fasting is the soul of prayer, mercy is the lifeblood of fasting. So if you pray, fast; if you fast, show mercy; if you want your petition to be heard, hear the petition of others. If you do not close your ear to others, you open God’s ear to yourself.” -- St. Peter Chrysologus

Do you show kindness and mercy toward others in your daily life? It is only then that you will see the way God is working in your life.

Lent Reflection: March 30th


At once the Spirit sent him out into the desert, and he was in the desert forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.  After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God.  "The time has come," he said. "The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!" -Mark 1:12-15

The Spirit sent him out into the desert. It is often good for us to be reminded of the fact that God is always leading us, guiding us, sending us, and watching over us. Lent is a great time to be reminded that we are not in control. A time to let go and give God permission to work in our lives.

 

 

Lent Reflection: March 28th


“Even if you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may realize and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” --John 10:38

Jesus consistently calls his disciples to believe — believe in him, believe in God, believe in the Good News. What can you do today to deepen your belief in Jesus?

Lent Reflection: March 27th


“I am the resurrection and the life.” --John 11:25

Jesus gives us new life and lifts us up from the tombs of our sin and despair. We are invited to receive him in our lives. If you haven’t already, spend some time in prayer and receive the sacrament of Reconciliation before Easter.

Lent Reflection: March 26th


“The one who devotes himself to service, will day by day grasp the necessity for it in greater measure, and will continually grow richer in faith.” –Mohandas Gandhi

Devote yourself to serve others, and you will have total fulfillment.  Who can you serve today?

Lent Reflection: March 25th


“Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.” --John 4:48

Like the people in Jesus’ time, we would like signs and wonders. Yet God has given us the greatest sign of all in Jesus: God becoming human to lead us to salvation and the fullness of life. Can I believe in Jesus to lead me closer to God? Can I recognize what wonders he has already worked for me?

Lent Reflection: March 24th


“For it is love that I desire, not sacrifice, and knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.” --Hosea 6:6

As I give up things this Lent, as I make sacrifices, do I do so out of love or obligation? Are my sacrifices bringing me closer to know and love God? Reflect on this quote: “The one who devotes himself to service, will day by day grasp the necessity for it in greater measure, and will continually grow richer in faith.” –Mohandas Gandhi

Lent Reflection: March 23rd


“Jesus was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light.” --Matthew 17:2

How is Jesus transforming and transfiguring you during this Lent? Do you believe that beyond the Cross and suffering lies redemption and glory?

Lent Reflection: March 21st


“Knock and the door will be opened to you.” --Matthew 7:7

Prayer is having a conversation with God. We are invited to have confidence that God hears us and will grant what we need. When we knock, God will answer the door. Can I be confident that God listens to my needs and prayers today?

Lent Reflection: March 20th


Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do. I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” --Luke 5:31-32

Each of us is supposed to get a medical check-up every year. Lent is a time that we do our spiritual check-up. Jesus is the divine physician who can heal us of our sins, our struggles, our emptiness. Can I ask Jesus to help heal what I need to be healed this Lent to follow him as Matthew did?

Lent Reflection: March 19th


“This is the fasting I wish: releasing those bound unjustly, setting free the oppressed, sharing your bread with the hungry.” --Isaiah 58:6-7

While we may give up chocolate, or fast food, or meat during Lent, we are reminded today that our sacrifices are aimed to purify our hearts and spirits. What we aim to give up during this Lent is selfishness and pride in order to serve our brothers and sisters.

Lent Reflection: March 18th


“Even if you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may realize and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” --John 10:38

Jesus consistently calls his disciples to believe — believe in him, believe in God, believe in the Good News. What can you do today to deepen your belief in Jesus?

 

Lent Reflection: March 17th


"We all came from dust and to dust we shall return. Even the greatest and the richest people of this generation will be soon forgotten. Let us focus completely on God almighty." -- Vernon Kane

At the end of the day the one thing that truly matters is our relationship with God.  The people we know, and the things we have, are not going to matter.  The way we treat others, the way we live our lives, and our relationship with God are the things that matter.  Is God at the center and focus of your life today?

Lent Reflection: March 16th


“And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’ --Matthew 25:40

Take a look around you; the presence of Jesus is hidden in the sick, the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, and the imprisoned. As we go through our daily lives we can often witness this first hand, and how often do we stop to lend a hand? Upon reading this passage I am immediately drawn to the corporal and spiritual works of mercy which give us ways to demonstrate charity toward others.

Lent Reflection: March 14th


“And though every day a man lives may rightly be a day of repentance, yet is it in these days more becoming, more appropriate, to confess our sins, to fast, and to give alms to the poor; since in these days you may wash clean the sins of the whole year.” -- St. John Chrysostom

Have you gone to confession this lent? Have you done anything extra for those in need?  There are still 21 days left in this Lenten season, think about the things you have done, and the things you can still do.  Its never to late!