Readings & Reflections: Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent & St. Lazarus, March 27,2017
“The man believed what Jesus said to him and left.” With one word, Christ “changed my morning into dancing.” The “drew me clear and did not let my enemies rejoice over me.” The Lord says, “I am about to create… a new earth.” It happens when we welcome the Prophet.
“Lord Jesus, your love never fails and your mercy is unceasing. Give me the courage to surrender my stubborn pride, fear and doubts to your surpassing love, wisdom and knowledge. Make be strong in faith, persevering in hope, and constant in love.” In your Mighty Name, I pray. AMEN.
Readings & Reflections with Cardinal Tagle’s Video: Fourth Sunday of Lent A & Blessed Didacus Joseph of Cadiz , March 26,2017
When Jesus sees the blind man, he says, “While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Once the blind man is healed, the people ask, “Isn’t this the one who used to sit and beg?” They betray their own blindness: “Man sees the appearance but the Lord looks into the heart.” The blind man answers using words that Christ uses of himself; he says, “I am.” Is this a coincidence? The man was born blind “so that the works of God might be made visible through him.” “Light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth.” The Light who is Christ produces a goodness in us by which we come to resemble Christ himself. We beg for the ability to look into the heart of each person we meet and to see reality the way God does.
Readings & Reflections: Friday of the Third Week of Lent & Blessed Oscar Romero, March 24,2017
Jesus asks the scribes, “Which is the first of all the commandments?” The man’s answer moves Jesus to say, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.” We want Jesus to say this to us as well. To woo us to total love of him, God says, “I am like a verdant cypress tree; because of me you bear fruit! – an image of the cross. And, “if my people would walk in my ways, I would feed them with the best of wheat” – a promise of the Eucharist.
Readings & Reflections: Thursday of the Third Week of Lent & St. Turibius of Mongrovejo, March 23,2017
Once Jesus had driven out demon, “the mute man spoke.” Cynical crowds conclude that Jesus “drives out demons” by “the prince of demons.” To test Jesus, they ask Jesus “for a sign.” Wouldn’t having a conversation with the once-mute man be sign enough? Not for them, for, in their contempt, “the Word itself is banished from their speech.” They need One stronger than “a strong man fully armed” to take away the armor” on which they rely. Come, Christ, take away my armor – the hardness of my evil heart.
Readings & Reflections: Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent & St. Nicholas Owen, March 22,2017
Whoever “glorifies the Lord” by teaching the commandments is the greatest in the kingdom. Why? “Every teaching of the divine commandments greatly emphasizes that honest love may overcome a perverse love, and that delight in justice may destroy the desire for sin” (St. Leo the Great). “Teach your children and your children’s children.”
“Lord Jesus, grant this day, to direct and sanctify, to rule and govern our hearts and bodies, so that all our thoughts words and deeds may be according to your Father’s law and thus may we be saved and protected through your mighty help.” In your Mighty Name, I pray. Amen.
Readings & Reflections: Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent & Blessed John of Parma, March 21,2017
After a master forgives his servant a huge debt, that servant refuses similar clemency to a fellow indebted servant. The other servants become “deeply disturbed,” for to receive “great mercy” is in a certain sense to become great mercy. Mercy is our identity, for we are created out of the very mercy of God. We beg, “Help us remember your mercies, O Lord.”
“Lord, you have been kind and forgiving towards me. May I be merciful as you are merciful. Free me from all bitterness and resentment that I may truly forgive from the heart those who have caused me injury or grief.” Lord give the grace to truly forgive that one person who I have looked up to as a friend and comrade but have stabbed me when my back was turned. In your Mighty Name, I pray. Amen.
Readings & Reflections with Cardinal Tagle’s Video: Third Sunday of Lent A & St. Joseph, the husband of Blessed Virgin Mary, March 19,2017
What was the Samaritan woman looking for in those six men? Pope Benedict XVI wrote that “the woman is made aware of what in actuality she has always known but to which she has not always adverted: that she thirsts for life itself and that all the assuaging that she seeks and finds cannot slake this living elemental thirst…. There comes to light the real dilemma, the deep seated waywardness, of her existence: she is brought face to face with herself.” What brings this about is an encounter with Jesus. Pontius Pilate will declare: “Behold the man!” From our own living and elemental thirst, like the woman at the well, we do just that, giving ourselves to this man who in his thirst (“I thirst!”) asks us for a drink. We are certain that at last we will “have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Our “hope does not disappoint.” We will not die in our thirst. The Lord is in our midst. Finally, satisfaction can happen; this is the man we have been waiting for.
Readings & Reflections: Saturday of the Second Week of Lent & St. Cyril of Jerusalem, March 18,2017
Micah blesses God, “Who is there like you, the God who removes guilt and pardons sin; who delights in clemency and will again have compassion?” Could we face another day if we were deprived of this same assurance? The agony of the prodigal son’s sin makes him realize that only if he receives such compassion can he go on living. He finds it in a merciful father.
Heavenly Father, in You is found no shadow of change but only the fullness of life and limitless truth. Open our hearts to the voice of your Word and free us from the original darkness that shadows our vision. Restore our sight that we may look upon your Son Who calls us to repentance and a change of heart,
for He lives and reigns with you for ever and ever. Lord, give us the grace to trust, and pray for growth and conversion. In the Mighty Name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
Readings & Reflections: Friday of the Second Week in Lent & St. Patrick, March 17, 2017
The brothers of Joseph murder him out of spite because their father “loved him best of all his sons.” Yet later, amidst a famine, this same beloved son would become their savior. The Father sends his Son to us. We can let our wretchedness rule our response to his presence… or we can embrace the truth that the love with which the Father loves his most beloved Son is what saves us.
Readings & Reflections: Thursday of the Second Week of Lent & St. Clement Mary Hofbauer, March 16,2017
“More tortuous than all else is the human heart.” What the rich man was looking for in fine garments and sumptuous dining he was meant to find in the beggar on his doorstep. For every person that God puts on our path becomes the way to the fulfillment we seek. Jeremiah warns, “Cursed is the man whose heart turns away from the Lord” – that is, the one who refuse the unexpected ways God makes himself present in our lives.
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