I am a good person, right? I mean I do not murder, or steal, or commit any REALLY big sins, do I? So why do bad things happen to me? Since I aim to be a good person, why don’t you notice and DO something about it, God? Why do I have to experience these bad things? I mean, c’mon, I am really doing something here? I mean, look at what I am doing for Lent, after all?
In today’s first reading, Moses says this: “Today I have set before you life and prosperity, death and doom.” This seems like the type of choice that is a no brainer. Why would anyone not want life? Why would anyone reject prosperity?
Today provides us the opportunity to contemplate the meaning of the season of Lent. In the preparation reflections we have had over the past few days, we have been thinking about what it is we can do to have a deeper relationship with Jesus and to be more active in the Church. Whatever you decided, remember that it is about prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
Today on this last day before Ash Wednesday we will consider two things. The first is the devotion of the Stations of the Cross, a devotion that is widely celebrated during the season of Lent. Then, we will have a last minute “check list” to help you to decide what it is you will do this Lent.
Today in the reflection I would like a type of devotional prayers, the rosary. Tomorrow, we will explore the Stations of the Cross. These are two types of prayers that open to us another way to enter into our relationship with Jesus.
Starting today I will look at some specific ways to pray. Today I will look at an ancient practice called Lectio Divina, or the Sacred Reading. This is a way to intentionally use the Bible for prayer especially to facilitate deeper listening to God. The method goes back to at least the third century, and its goal is not deep academic study but to foster communion with God.
Do you know how to pray? We can all be told over and over again that we need to pray. And on some level inside of us, we know we need to pray. But do we know how to pray?
I want to start today with the idea of asking Jesus to inform you what you need to do this Lent to strengthen your relationship with him and with his Church.
Time and again we see how God comes to us in our brokenness. The woman in today’s gospel has the desperate love of a mother for her child in distress. The Blessed Mother appeared to a woman as a Mother that was everything the child’s own mother was not. God comes to us always. Let God into your heart.
Yesterday I indicated that the intent was to go big and bold for the season of Lent. All around us it appears there is brokenness, violence, anger, depression, anxiety. One way we can help ourselves to remember that we have these blessings is to recognize what we take for granted.