Lenten Reflection Day 34: Psalm 23:4

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“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil, for you are with me” (Psalm 23:4)

Reflection:

Lent can be challenging. Even the most fervent believer struggles at times in their prayer, almsgiving, and fasting. However, agony in itself is a reminder to continue to fix our gaze upon Jesus unless we want to live in fear. For Jesus walked in the shadow of death and overcame it and by the grace of the Holy Spirit so can we.

Today’s Intention:

Your presence, O God, is the light of goodness and mercy in troubled times. May we dwell in your house with Jesus and the Holy Spirit this Lenten season and always.

Peace and Goodness

Lenten Reflection Day 33: John 12:26

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“The Father will honor whoever serves me.” (John 12:26)

Reflection:

Today is a day for rejoicing in the Lord, for today we remember Jesus’ agreement with us. Our Savior expresses the perfection of his covenant in three parts.

First, the Father will honor his followers. No human being can ever make this claim, only the Son of God. Second, Jesus died for all humanity. It is Jesus’ sacrifice of love on the cross that unites us with him. Third, our works in faith, obedience, and charity aim at glorifying the Lord, not us.

Today’s Intention:

O God, thank you for this Lenten day of service in worship, thanksgiving, and joy through the grace of your Son and the Holy Spirit.

Peace and Goodness

P.S. I invite you to join me during Sunday Mass streaming this morning at St Mary Cathedral, Austin Texas at 9:30 AM CST.

Lenten Reflection Day 30: Psalm 106:20

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“They exchanged their glory for the image of a grass-eating bull.” (Psalm 106:20)

Reflection

When our desires become our master, we lose our identity. We walk not under the light of life but within the snare of darkness. Then, as we wander without a clear sense of who we are, we make for ourselves gods to fill the empty spaces we created.

The good news is that God is patient and merciful. Lent is our opportunity to experience his glory.

Today’s Intention

Jesus, we ask for your mercy this Lenten season. Teach us through the grace of the Holy Spirit to recognize all the glory God has bestowed upon us.

Peace and Goodness

Lenten Reflection Day 29: John 11:25

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“I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live.” (John 11:25)

Reflection

The foundation of Christianity is Jesus’ resurrection. Lent is an act of faith. A time of preparation leading to the remembering and celebrating of the Paschal Triduum: Jesus’ crucifixion, death, and resurrection. During this time, we join Christ’s suffering with ours, the loss of loved ones receives new meaning, and we celebrate the joy of the resurrection’s promise.

Today’s Intention

O God, we believe that Jesus is the resurrection, the source of eternal life. However, there are times when we struggle with our faith. We ask that the Holy Spirit continue to be our companion in those moments, and Jesus, the light of our lives.

Peace and Goodness