February 14: Ash Wednesday
Dick Hauser, S.J.



Joel 2:12-18 Psalms 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 12-13, 14 and 17 2 Cor 5:20—6:2 Mattew 6:1-6, 16-18

Who are we? We are children of God knit together by God in our mothers’ wombs! Our goal on this planet is to become the person God dreamed us to be when God created us.

Paul presents the Christian ideal dramatically: “We are ambassadors for Christ” (2 Cor 5, 20)! Our journey in life is to reflect Christ’s presence and so truly become Christ’s ambassadors to the world. There is no more exalted vocation.


 

 

Lent is the season of the Church year when we are invited to look deeply within ourselves and ask how well we are living our identity as Christ’s ambassadors. Jesus in today’s Gospel invites us to be very specific in naming obstacles blocking us from reflecting this identity.

Jesus suggests we pay special attention to three areas: prayer, fasting, generosity (alms-giving). Perhaps most important is prayer. Are we in daily communion with Christ through prayer enabling Christ’s presence to shine through us and so become his ambassador? Should we consider adjusting patterns of our daily routine to include daily prayer? Second, fasting. Are we over indulgent in patterns of consumption – eating and drinking -- in a way that obscures Christ’s presence? Should these patterns be modified? Finally, generosity to others. Do we live selflessly? Are we living primarily for service of God and our neighbor or are our lives self-centered focused primarily on enhancing personal well being and reputation?

The ideal of becoming Christ’s ambassador is overwhelming –- not to mention out of touch with our societal conditioning! But there is good news: God gives us the Holy Spirit! We become Christ’s ambassadors to the degree we allow the Holy Spirit to transform our lives. Listen to Ps. 51: ”A clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me. Cast me not out from your presence and your Holy Spirit take not from me”(Ps 51:12-13).

Lent can become a joyful season for us if we open our hearts and allow the Spirit to transform our lives. In his Letter to the Galatians Paul reminds us that the fruits of the Spirit include joy -- love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control!

And so this season as we strive to become more fully Christ’s ambassadors we also pray for a renewal of Christian joy in our lives: “Give me back the joy of your salvation and a willing spirit sustain within me” (Ps 51,14).

Happy Lent!




by: http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/021418.html

 

 

 

 

 

March 18: Fifth Sunday of Lent 
Fr. Kevin O'Sullivan
Now there were some Greeks among those who had come up to worship at the feast. They came to Philip, who was from ...to be continued

 

March 18: Fifth Sunday of Lent, Cycle B
Today’s Gospel reading is taken from the Gospel of John. We are reading much further into John’s Gospel than we ...to be continued

 

March 11: Fourth Sunday of Lent 
Andy Alexander, S.J.
Today is Laetare Sunday, so named because the Introit or Entrance Antiphon begins with the word “Rejoice” (Laetare) ...to be continued

 

March 11: Fourth Sunday of Lent, Cycle B
The fourth Sunday of Lent is sometimes called Laetare Sunday. Laetare is a Latin word that means “rejoice.” Traditionally ...to be continued

 

March 4: Third Sunday of Lent 
Molly Mattingly There are ...to be continued

 

March 4: Third Sunday of Lent, Cycle B
In today’s Gospel we read ...to be continued

 

February 25: Second Sunday of Lent
Amy Hoover As I reflected on ...to be continued

 

February 25: Second Sunday of Lent, Cycle B
On the second Sunday of Lent ...to be continued

 

February 18: First Sunday of Lent
Andy Alexander, S.J.
After the big flood, God ...to be continued

 

February 18: First Sunday of Lent, Cycle B
On the first Sunday of Lent, the ...to be continued

 

February 14: Ash Wednesday
Dick Hauser, S.J. Who are we? ...to be continued

 

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT LENT AND LENTEN PRACTICES
Why do we say that there are ...to be continued

 

 

PROPOSALS FOR MEDITATION - We want to offer spiritual texts, which can be of help to nourish our faith and strengthen our life in Christ: they are an opportunity to compare our experience with that of Christian witnesses 'old' and contemporary.

We keep the coming feast of the Lord through deeds, not words - Saint Athanasius
Christ offered himself for us - St. Fulgentius of Ruspe
"Interview between Jesus and Nicodemus" - Daniella Zsupan-Jerome
Christ is the way to the loght, the truth and the life - Saint Augustine

Christ the high priest makes atonement for our sins - Origen, priest
All human activity is to find its purification in the paschal - Gaudius et Spes
The law was given through Moses, grace and truth came ... - St. Leo the Great
Christ and Moses - St. John Chrysostom
God's Invitation
How to find time in the day for Lent
Lent through the lens of grace
Lent: repent - Saint Clement, pope

 

 

 

 

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