Lenten Reflection Day 42 Holy Week: Isaiah 49:6

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“I will make you a light to the nations,

that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” (Isaiah 49:6)

Reflection

We hear it over and over again, yet sometimes we do not get it. Jesus’ servant mission was universal. He is the shepherd of every child. Despite what we may imagine, Jesus is the savior for all. Holy Week is the light that shines on that truth.

Today’s Intention

Jesus, help us to become a light of salvation this Holy Week and beyond.

Peace and Goodness

Lenten Reflection Day 41 Holy Week: Isaiah 42:1

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“Here is my servant whom I uphold,

my chosen one with whom I am pleased.” (Isaiah 42:1)

Reflection

What is Holy Week?

Holy Week affirms obedience to the Father.

Holy Week fulfills God’s promise of salvation.

Holy Week models the perfect sacrifice of service.

Holy Week unites our human suffering with the divine.

Holy Week gathers the lost and the scattered sheep.

Holy Week celebrates victory over sin and death.

Holy Week is Jesus, and in him, Holy Week is us.

Today’s Intention

O God, may we too be pleasing to you this Holy Week and always.

Peace and Goodness

Lenten Reflection Day 40: Mark 11:8

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“Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields.” (Mark 11:8)

Reflection

Did you hear? The Messiah has entered Jerusalem.

Come, let us honor him. Bring your palm leaves.

Let us shout: “Jesus Christ is Lord!”

Did you hear? A woman poured perfumed oil on Jesus’ head.

Together with his disciples, Jesus broke bread.

What can we do to prepare him for his death?

Did you hear? One of his disciples betrayed Jesus; another one denied him.

He rests crucified now. He has died so that we may live.

Come, let us join Mary and John at the foot of the cross.

Today’s Intention

Thank you, Lord, for humbling yourself; for sharing our humanity so that we may share your divinity. Following your Father’s will, may the Holy Spirit fills us with a sense of mystery, worship, and prayer this Holy Week.

Peace and Goodness

Lenten Reflection Day 39: John 11:51-52

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“he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation, and not only for the nation, but also to gather into one the dispersed children of God.” (John 11:51-52)

Reflection

Passover is upon us; the Lenten season is approaching its fullness. A day when Jesus willingly offered himself as a spotless lamb, establishing a new Passover of salvation. One sacrifice to unite us all, the near and the far.

Today’s Intention

Jesus, Son of the living God, you established a new Passover of eternal life to those who believe. May we praise you eternally for your priestly offering of redemption.

Peace and Goodness