Lenten Reflection Day 12: Mark 9:2-3

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“And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them.” Mark 9:2-3

Reflection

Lent offers transfiguration. However, like other graces available to us through the love of God, it is up to us to accept this gift of spiritual transformation.

The good news is that when we accompany Jesus with a humbled and contrite heart, we, too, can experience the”light of Tabor” in our hearts as Peter, James, and John did.

Today’s Intention

Lord, open our eyes this Lent to see your radiance and be transformed by your love into faithful children of God.

Peace and Goodness

Lenten Reflection Day 6: Mark 1:14

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“After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God.” (Mark 1:14)

Reflection

Lent is a time of transformation. Upon Jesus’ return from the desert, the Prophet John the Baptist gave way to the Word of God.

The effects of Lent are lasting. After his death, Jesus passed on the fruits of his desert experience to Peter and the apostles. As a result, we too have access to Jesus’ Lent experience. Let us make the most of it.

Today’s Intention

Lord Jesus, you used John the Baptist, Peter, and the apostles to prepare the way for you and spread the gospel of God. We humbly ask that you give us the same grace this Lenten season and the strength to fulfill it.

Peace and Goodness

One-Minute Reflection: Psalm 147:2-3 (30 Days of Prayer for Unity #17)

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The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem,

and gathers the dispersed of Israel,

Healing the brokenhearted,

and binding up their wounds. (147:2-3)

Reflection

One of the pillars of Jesus’ disciples is to bring together God’s children. To bring healing is another pillar.

Healing comes in many different ways, but they all have one thing in common, a fire for unity.

God healed Job, repairing his broken heart (see Job 7:1-7). Jesus cured Peter’s mother, restoring her to serve others (see Mark 1: 29-31).

To minister for unity means healing the brokenhearted and binding up their wounds.

Today’s Intention: Lord, strengthen us, that we may be ministers of unity.

Peace and Goodness

He Departed From Him For A Time

Reading today’s Gospel (Luke 4:1-13) my attention was drawn to the last sentence: “When the devil had finished every temptation, he departed from him for a time.”  In the past, I had not really paid attention to these words, but today they jumped out at me.

The devil never stopped tempting Jesus. First, he attacked Jesus directly, face-to-face in the desert. When that failed, he attacked him indirectly through Judas Iscariot (cf. LK 22:3). In Judas, he found a willing party to expose Jesus to the biggest temptation of all: to avoid the suffering of the crucifixion.  Fortunately for humanity, Jesus triumphed in all instances.

As I pondered those words in my heart, I realized that I must always be alert to the devil’s attacks both direct and indirect. As St. Peter tells us “Be sober and vigilant. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for [someone] to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). However, this is an effort that I cannot take on my own.  First, I must rely on God to fill me with the Holy Spirit (cf. LK 4:1) and grace me with steadfast faith to resist the devil. Second, I must join the community of fellow believers, for they, too, undergo the same temptations. Together, we will call upon the graces that God grants us through Jesus (cf. 1 Peter 5:9-10).