Lent 2017

Daily Readings and Reflections for

Lent 2017 

Fourth Sunday of Lent 

In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid,Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.  Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.” 

“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. (Luke 1:26-38)

Most Revolutionary Yes: Lenten Message

“This reflection will help us contemplate Mary’s “yes”, which brought Christ into the world, as a blueprint of the Christian vocation. Like Mary, we are each called “to bring God into the world… to make Jesus Christ more present… and to make His presence be felt in the people that we know.” (Fr. Peter Armenio)

Day 22

“I am the resurrection and the life, says the Lord; whoever believes in me will never die.” (John 11:25a, 26)

Day 21

“Seek good and not evil so that you may live, and the LORD will be with you.” (Am 5:14)

“You see yourself so poor and weak that you recognize you are unworthy of having God listen to you. But… aren’t you a child of God? He listens to you, ‘for he is good, and his mercy endures forever.’” (The Way, no. 93)

Day 20

“The Word of God became flesh and made his dwelling among us; and we saw his glory.” (John 1:14b)

Day 19

“Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life; you have the words of everlasting life.” (John 6:63c; 68c)

Day 18

“Even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart; for I am gracious and merciful.” (Joel 2:12-13)

Day 17

“Blessed are those who dwell in your house, O Lord; they never cease to praise you.” (Psalm 84:5)

Third Sunday of Lent

There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink”…The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water”… The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.” (John 4:5-42)

Living Water: Lenten Message

"Apostles need ‘marketing’ to make people interested in their ‘eternal goods’. Like the priest who met a young girl on the train. With a bit of disdain, she asked him, ‘Why are there still people like you?’ The priest answered kindly: ‘As long as there are people looking for happiness, for justice in the world, for peace, for the protection of the innocent, vulnerable and marginalized, for the end of poverty, for freedom, for the spread of Love, there will be priests. Is there anything on that list that you don’t like?.’ As the girl nodded, the priest added, ‘Maybe…we are on the same ship, but in different cabins...’" (Rev. George Boronat)

Day 16

“I will get up and go to my father and shall say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.” (Luke 15:18)

Day 15

“God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son; so that everyone who believes in him might have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

Day 14

“Blessed are they who have kept the word with a generous heart and yield a harvest through perseverance.” (Luke 8:15)

Pray today that our Lord’s story about Lazarus and the rich man help you to renew your desire to: “Detach yourself from the goods of this world. Love and practice poverty of spirit: be content with what is sufficient for leading a simple and temperate life. Otherwise, you’ll never be an apostle” (The Way, no. 631).

Day 13

“I am the light of the world, says the Lord; whoever follows me will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

Day 12

“Cast away from you all the crimes you have committed, says the LORD, and make for yourselves a new heart and a new spirit.” (Ezekiel 18:31)

Renew your love of God today by persevering, humbly and silently, in your apparently simple Lenten resolutions. “The world admires only the spectacular sacrifice, because it does not realize the value of sacrifice that is hidden and silent” (The Way, no. 185).

 

Day 11

“Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life; you have the words of everlasting life.” (John 6:63c, 68c)

Second Sunday of Lent

“From the shining cloud the Father’s voice is heard: This is my beloved Son, hear him.” (Mt 17:5)

Up A High Mountain: Lenten Message

"Silence is an important part of prayer too and it’s also part of the ‘score’. At times, God needs us to remain silent in order to communicate what He wants us to know. Don’t panic if you spend a few minutes in silence. Mary, my Mother, teach me: That’s what you did in Bethlehem, in Nazareth many times, and specially beside the Cross." (Rev. George Boronat)

We need to find God, and God cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. (St Teresa of Calcutta)

Day 10

“Behold, now is a very acceptable time; behold now is the day of salvation.” (2 Cor 6:2b)

In your daily effort to be perfect, just as your Heavenly Father is perfect (Mt 5:48), turn to Mary and “say to her: Mother of mine…may your love bind me to your Son’s cross; may I not lack the faith, nor the courage, nor the daring, to carry out the will of our Jesus” (The Way, no. 497).

Day 9

“Cast away from you all the crimes you have committed, says the Lord, and make for yourselves a new heart and a new spirit.” (Ezekiel 18:31)

Day 8

“A clean heart create for me, O God; give me back the joy of your salvation.” (Ps 51:12a, 14a)

Day 7

“Even now, says the Lord, return to me with your whole heart for I am gracious and merciful.” (Joel 2:12-13)

Day 6

“One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.” (Mt 4:4b)

"As the rain and the snow
    come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
    without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
    so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
    It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
    and achieve the purpose for which I sent it."     (Isaiah 55:10-11)

Day 5

“Behold, now is a very acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Cor 6:2b)

When you make your resolution to serve God in those who hunger and thirst, remember: “There are some who pass through life as through a tunnel: they fail to realize the splendor and the security and the warmth of the sun of faith” (The Way, no. 575).

First Sunday of Lent

“One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.” (Mt 4:4b)

Into the Wilderness: Lenten Message

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And he fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterward he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'”… Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and ministered to him. (Matthew 4:1-11)

Day 4

“I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked man, says the Lord, but rather in his conversion, that he may live.” (Ez 33:11)

Day 3

“Seek good and not evil so that you may live, and the Lord will be with you.” (Am 5:14)

Day 2

“Repent, says the Lord; the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Mt 4:17)

Day 1 - Ash Wednesday

“If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.” (Ps 95:8)

"O God, we pray with ashes filling our hearts today for the overflowing sorrow of the world, a deafening sound we cannot, or chose not, to hear. Bend our ears to the cries of our neighbors, the ones living down the street and the ones living continents away. Strengthen our feet to move in the direction of justice, compassion and equality, even if it is a stumble. Quicken our hearts and quicken our pace that we may love others, and thus, love you." (David R. Henson)