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Second Sunday of Lent

February 25, 2018

JMJ

Blessed little Easter!

Readings:
Genesis 22: 1-2, 9, 10-13, 15-18 (Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac)
Psalm 116: 10, 15-19 “I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living”
Romans 8:31-34 (God is for us. Who can be against us?)
Mark 9:2-10 (the Transfiguration)

The patriarch believed
that God could raise
his son
from death*,
and did not hesitate
to demonstrate his love
despite the cost…

foreshadowing
the Love
the Father showed
upon the Cross.

Do I have Abraham’s faith when I’m called upon to make a sacrifice?
Do I appreciate the sacrifice God the Father made for my salvation?

*see Hebrews 11:19

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Saturday, first week of Lent

February 24, 2018

JMJ

And Blessed Ember Saturday!

Readings:
Deuteronomy 26:16-19 (you have chosen God and He has chosen you, for holiness)
Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8 “Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord”
+Matthew 5:43-48 (love your enemies as God loves His)

God has
great plans for me.

I am to be
remarkable
in generosity,
comparable
to Him.

But He
must tell me
what to do,
and I
must then
obey.

Do my dreams for my life fall short of God’s?
How does my generosity compare to His?

Friday, First Week of Lent (St. Polycarp)

February 23, 2018

JMJ

Blessed St. Polycarp’s Day!
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His story can be found here.

And Blessed Ember Friday!

Readings:
Revelation 2:8-11 (Remain faithful to death and I will give you the crown of life)
Psalm 31:3-4, 6,8,16,17 “Into Your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit”
+John 15:18-21 (The world hates you because you do not belong to it, but to Me)

When we are in
the Hands of God,
we can expect
to be opposed,
but nothing,
no,
not even death,
can do us
any harm.

Do I expect people to treat me better than they treat God?
Am I convinced that if I die with Him, I will also share His resurrection?

Thursday, first week of Lent (Chair of St. Peter)

February 22, 2018

JMJ

Blessed Feast!

Readings:
I Peter 5:1-4 (St. Peter says, “Priests, shepherd your flock generously and lovingly”)
Psalm 23: 1-6 “The Lord is my Shepherd; there is nothing I shall want”
+Matthew 16:13-19 (Peter identifies Jesus as God and is given the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven)

The sheep are safe
within the Shepherd’s care.
He will lay down
His life
protecting them
from harm.

This is the leadership
we rightfully expect
from Peter’s Chair.

Is the papacy a source of security for me?
Do I listen & obey when God shepherds me through St. Peter’s successor?

Wednesday, first week of Lent (St. Peter Damian)

February 21, 2018

JMJ

Blessed Ember Wednesday!

And Blessed St. Peter Damian’s Day!
StPeterDamian

You can find his story here.

Readings:
2 Timothy 4:1-5 (Proclaim the word, even when people won’t tolerate sound teaching)
Psalm 16: 1-2, 5, 7-8, 11 “You are my inheritance, O Lord”
+John 15:1-8 (I AM the vine, you are the branches)

I have a right
to what I need
to bear the fruit
that comes
of being grafted
to the Vine.

It will be mine
at my request.

Have I the courage to beg God to prune me, that I may bear more fruit?
Do I trust the Vine-grower to know His business?

Tuesday, first week of Lent

February 20, 2018

JMJ

Blessed Tuesday!

Tomorrow we begin the spring Ember Days!
You can read more about them here.

Readings:
Isaiah 55:10-11 (God’s word will not return void)
Psalm 34:4-7, 16-19 “From all their distress God rescues the just”
+Matthew 6:7-15 (Jesus teaches us the “Our Father”)

God does not look
so much for words
as for my choice
to rain His Love
upon the barren soil
that blistered me.

It will
bear fruit.

Do I trust God to bring good out of the suffering others cause me?
Am I free to forgive?

Monday, first week of Lent

February 19, 2018

JMJ

Blessed Monday!

Readings:
Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18 (offenses against others to avoid for God’s sake)
Psalm 19: 8-15 “Your words Lord, are spirit and life”
+Matthew 25:31-46 (what we do to others, we do to God)

I must begin
by saying “no”
to those desires
that injure
someone else,

then cultivate
the ones
that do them
good,
to be like God.

Do I want God to treat me the way I treat other people?
Would I respond to people differently if I saw Jesus in their place?

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