Lenten Reflection Day 9: Psalm 51:12

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“A clean heart create for me, God;

renew within me a steadfast spirit.” (Psalm 51:12)

Reflection:

Before entering the desert, the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus. Therefore, during his Lent, Jesus was not alone; the love of God was in his heart, which Jesus kept cleaned and willing through humility, prayer, and fasting.

The good news for us is that during our baptism, the Holy Spirit descended upon us too. We are not alone during our Lenten journey. Let us seek to be humble, prayerful, and abstinent as well.

Today’s Intention:

O God, I desire a clean and willing heart today and always. May the Holy Spirit sustain me.

Peace and Goodness

Lenten Reflection Day 3: Isaiah 58:8

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“Is this what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the Lord?” (Isaiah 58:8)

Reflection

Fasting is a sacrifice in humility intended to glorify the Lord.

Therefore, let us be mindful of hypocritical fasting. When we fast but ignore others’ suffering, act immorally, or consume things that defile our spirituality, our sacrifice is for vainglory. It is fasting from those things that make fasting genuine.

True fasting is transformative, kind, and loving. It changes our lives and those of others. More importantly, it reflects the entirety of our lives concerning God and neighbor.

Today’s Intention

O God, may our fasting be acceptable to you.

Peace and Goodness

Lenten Reflection #2: Mark 9:29

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And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting.” (Mark 9:29-RSVCE)

Reflection:

When the devil tempted Jesus in the desert, he probably expected Jesus to fall for his lies. Instead, Jesus cast him out not by force or power but by prayer and fasting. The result was the victory of life over death.

We, too, like Jesus, can use prayer and fasting to triumph over death. Prayer to call on the good spirits’ protection and fasting to free us from flesh’s temptations.

Today’s Intention

O Lord, this Lenten season, hear our prayers of need, sustain our fasting in temptation, and encourage us to persevere in our falls.

Peace and Goodness

Lenten Reflection #1: Joel 2:12

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“Return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning” (Joel 2:12).

Reflection:

Lent is a four-legged stool of spirituality:

• The season for repairing our relationship with our Creator through prayer

• An opportunity to grow in perseverance and patience by embracing fasting

• A moment to share with profound gratitude from our well of blessings

• A chance to be born anew in the waters of consolation and conversion

Lent is the spiritual return home of the prodigal child to the warm-forgiving embrace of merciful love.

Today’s Intention:

O Lord, thanks for the gift of Lent, a time of spiritual renewal. We humbly pray for joy, courage, and strength during the journey ahead.

Peace and Goodness