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

Lenten Reflection Day 37: Luke 1:31

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“Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus.” (Luke 1:31)

Reflection

The announcement of the birth of Jesus is eternal salvation.

When the Angel Gabriel spoke to Mary, we too became overshadowed by the Holy Spirit’s grace: Jesus within us.

The Lenten season is a chance to meditate on the meaning of the Annunciation in our lives. Are we servants of the Lord? Is the joy of the Word of God manifested in us? The answers lie in our hearts.

Today’s Intention

May the Holy Spirit teach us to live out the child Jesus conceived within us.

“Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.”

Peace and Goodness

Lenten Reflection Day 35: Psalm 102:2

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“Lord, hear my prayer;

let my cry come to you.” (Psalm 102:2)

Reflection:

Prayer and Lent are inseparable. One sustains the other.

Prayer is Lent, and Lent is prayer.

In prayer with talk with the Lord, in Lent, the Lord listens to us.

Prayer comes from our heart, and Lent flows from the heart of Jesus.

Prayer is our voice, and Lent unites our voices with our Savior.

In prayer, we seek relief, and in Lent, we find refuge.

Today’s Intention

You know my prayer, O Lord, have mercy on me.

Jesus, you shared our humanity; wipe away our tears.

Holy Spirit, you are our advocate; we trust our prayers to you.

Peace and Goodness

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