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Thursday, fourth week of Lent

March 30, 2017

JMJ

Blessed Thursday!

Readings:
Exodus 32:7-14 (Moses intercedes for the Israelites, who are worshiping the golden calf)
Psalm 106:19-23 “Lord, remember us, for the love You bear Your people”
+John 5:31-47 (prophesy points to Jesus as Messiah)

The testimonies
all converge
on Christ,
including those
I hold most dear.

But they
cannot
convince me
until I
give my consent.

My will is free
to disbelieve.

Have I shouldered the responsibility of faith?
Do I dare God to convince me?

Wednesday, Fourth Week of Lent

March 29, 2017

JMJ

Blessed Wednesday!

Readings:
Isaiah 49:8-15 (God will provide for His people)
Psalm 145:8-18 “The Lord is kind and merciful”
+John 5:17-30 (Jesus only does His Father’s will)

The Father and the Son
are One,
coequal
in divinity,
and yet
the Son does nothing
but fulfill
the Father’s will.

Who would have thought
to be like God
would first mean
to obey
whole-heartedly?!

Do I imitate Jesus’ perfect obedience?
Do I trust the Father as deeply as Jesus does?

Tuesday, fourth week of Lent

March 28, 2017

JMJ

Blessed Tuesday!

Readings:
Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12 (the vision of the stream flowing from the temple)
Psalm 46:2-9 “The mighty Lord is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge”
+John 5:1-16 (the Sabbath healing of the man at the pool of Bethesda)

This spring
flows from the altar
where the sacrificial Blood
is daily poured
(Heart of the Lord),
and there is no need
to compete
nor to be fleet;
He comes to me
to meet my needs.

The challenge
is to trust Him
until I
am swept away.

Have I let myself be dependent on the graces of my Baptism?
Do I regularly take my place before the altar from whence those graces deepen?

Monday, fourth week of Lent

March 27, 2017

JMJ

Blessed Monday!

As of today, our season is starting to shift.
Up to this point, we’ve heard almost exclusively from the Gospels of St. Luke and St. Matthew.
Today we move to St. John’s Gospel and stay there for the rest of the season,
with only 2 exceptions (Palm Sunday and Wednesday of Holy Week).
St. John’s Gospel is markedly different from the other three
(which are collectively referred to as the synoptic Gospels),
both in style and in content.
John’s main purpose in writing is stated at the end of his book:
“That you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,
and that believing you may have life in His name” (John 20:31).
As we approach the mystery of Jesus’ Passion and death,
we need to be very clear about who He is–the Son of God–
in order to understand the meaning underlying His words and actions,
and the significance they have for our own lives.
We turn to St. John, that he might teach us.

Readings:
Isaiah 65:17-21 (new heavens and a new earth)
Psalm 30:2-6, 11-13 “I will praise You, Lord, for You have rescued me”
+John 4:43-54 (Jesus heals the ruler’s son)

I won’t believe
until I’m driven
to extremity.

The Lord
would much prefer
a course
that isn’t
quite so hard
on me!

Am I more interested in signs and wonders than in what God’s trying to tell me?
Do I have to learn the hard way?

Laetare Sunday

March 26, 2017

JMJ

Blessed Laetare Sunday!

You can read more about “Laetare Sunday” here.

Today is also known as “Mothering Sunday,”
since today’s antiphon begins “Rejoice, Jerusalem!”,
and the Church (represented by Jerusalem) is our Mother.
This became a day to honor mothers, giving them flowers (roses?!)
and a cake and asking for their blessing–
the original, Christian, Mother’s Day.

Readings:
I Samuel 16:1, 6-7, 10-13 (God looks on the heart)
Psalm 23 “The Lord is my Shepherd, there is nothing I shall want”
Ephesians 5:8-14 (You have come from darkness to light. Act like it!)
+John 9:1-41 (Jesus heals the man born blind)

I’m blind
but think
that I can see.

I misperceive
Reality,
mistaking wrong
for right.
(Oh 20-20 hindsight…)

There’s nothing
God can do for me
but help me
learn humility
(that humus on my eyes)
until
I recognize
my plight,
go where I’m sent,
and trust
His light.

At last!
the blinding smoke
of hell
is blown away
and all is bright.

Am I satisfied with seeing as men see?
Do I let God show me my heart?

Saturday, third week of Lent (Annunciation)

March 25, 2017

JMJ

Blessed Solemnity of the Annunciation!

(My apologies for the delayed post Tuesday–I’d written it ahead of time & scheduled it to post,
but I must’ve gotten the date wrong. We were out of town so didn’t catch it until we got back).

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…established by Pope St. John Paul II as
the Day of the Unborn Child

Today we celebrate the beginning of Our Lord’s life on earth…
it’s 9 months before Christmas, the length of a typical pregnancy.

Here are ideas for observing the day.

Readings:
Isaiah 7:10-14; 8:10 (a virgin shall bear a son and name him Emmanuel)
Psalm 40:7-11 “Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will”
Hebrews 10:4-10 (Jesus came to do God’s will)
+Luke 1:26-38 (the Annunciation)

The time was full
to bursting!
The messenger was sent,
all Heaven
breathless, waiting…
Mary’s
powerful consent.

The turning point
of history
was in
her prayerful hands–
and safely so.

“Let it be done!”

The glory cloud
enveloped her
and He Whom all the world
cannot contain
became one flesh
with us
and took His place
within
the Virgin’s womb.

He made a marriage
of mankind
with God
and what He’s joined
no power
can separate.

To what use do I put the power of my consent?
Is the course of history safe in my hands?

Friday, third week of Lent

March 24, 2017

JMJ

Blessed Friday!

Readings:
Hosea 14: 2-10 (if we return to God, He will save us)
Psalm 81:6-11, 14, 17 “I am the Lord, your God: hear My voice”
+Mark 12:28-34 (love of God and neighbor are the greatest commandments)

I thought I’d found
a source
I could control
to get my way.

I learned too late
that it was bait
and that I had
become its slave.

Now,
older, wiser,
I surrender
to the Love
Who frees my soul
to fully thrive!

What prevents me from being who I most deeply want to be?
What would happen to that obstacle if I loved God more than I love it?

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