Lenten Reflection Day 36: Daniel 3:56

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“Blessed are you in the firmament of heaven,

praiseworthy and glorious forever.” (Daniel 3:56)

Reflection

Some people view Lent mainly as a time of self-sacrifice. However, Lent is more than that. Lent is also a time of joy.

During the Lenten season, we celebrate the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, the Solemnity of St. Joseph, and the Annunciation of the Lord. Also, there is no fasting on Sundays. Then, on Easter Sunday, we celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord.

Lent is joyful too. Let us embrace it as much as self-sacrifice.

Today’s Intention

May the last days of Lent, O Lord, open ours hearts to experiencing the joys and blessings you have given us, and may we share them with those we encounter.

Peace and Goodness

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

I am grateful for today’s solemnity of St. Peter and St. Paul. After a week of failed leadership by judges and politicians, it is heartening to remember the lives of two of the most important leaders ever. They are good examples of how to persevere in faith and whom to trust.

St. Peter is the rock on which Christ built the Church; St. Paul, after persecuting Christians, became one of the most ardent and influential evangelists in Christianity.

They both suffered death at the hands of the law; however, their deaths planted seeds of faith, hope, and charity that have inspired countless Christians to carry on the Word of God despite political and judicial injustice, persecution, and self-righteousness. That’s the good news of today’s solemnity.

 

 

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