Daily Reflections
On Scripture Readings

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Much like a devotional, these short meditations and Catholic reflections are based on each day's scripture readings or the Saint of the day.

Scripture reflections help us in our prayer life. They help us to listen to God's Word and to better understand the readings.

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March 22, 2015
Fifth Sunday of Lent

“The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.” – John 12:23b-24

Shortly after becoming Catholic, I attended a day of reflection at a nearby retreat center. It was a retreat for survivors of child sexual abuse.
During a break, I walked outside and noticed Stations of the Cross set up outside. I had never prayed them before but felt the need to do so. I had no idea of what to do or what to say, so I decided to read the inscription on each cross and reflect on them.
As I walked the path, I was struck by the fact that my life seemed to follow the same path. I had carried many crosses. I had fallen many times. I had died many deaths.
I was so moved and decided I needed to go through all of the Stations again. I reflected on my childhood and the heavy cross I had carried most of my life. I cried and I prayed and I thanked Jesus for the times I knew he helped me carry my cross.
And I went home, a new person, never to forget that day. 
This was the first time in my spiritual life that I had understood that, to be like Jesus, to follow Jesus, we too must carry our own crosses. We too must die to ourselves.
And I also learned that, while dying to self can be difficult and painful, it can also be healing. Transformative. Renewing.
A kind of resurrection.

Dear Lord, as we come closer to Palm Sunday and Holy Week, as we ponder your passion, death and resurrection, help us to meditate on these things. Help us to know your will for us and increase our understanding of what you have done for us. Help us to know your love for us is eternal and unchanging. Heal us, Lord. Transform our lives and our hearts so we grow closer to you. Amen.

Monday, March 23
St. Turibius de Mogrovejo

David 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62; John 8:1-11

When have I been surprised by God’s truth?

Lord, the truth that you preached has always been disarming to me. Your words always catch me by surprise. Help me to be better prepared to hear your word. Grant me the knowledge to understand your word and put it to action within my life.

Tuesday, March 24

Numbers 21:4-9; John 8:21-30

What spiritual healing do I need from Jesus today? Have I asked him for healing?

Lord, there are many areas that I am in need of healing of my spirit. Help me to better discern those areas that are most in need. Grant me the courage the step forward and accept the healing that you offer.

Wednesday, March 25
The Annunciation of the Lord

Isaiah 7:10-14; 8:10; Hebrews 10:4-10; Luke 1:26-38

When do I hesitate in saying “yes” to God?

Lord, there are so many times that fear keeps me from saying yes to you. Help me to understand that by my yes I am becoming a large part of your plan for our world. Grant me the courage to say “Yes” even when I have great fear of the outcome.

Thursday, March 26

Genesis 17:3-9; John 8:51-59

Do I find Jesus' words life giving? Do I keep His word?

Lord, all that you have said gives life to my world. Help me to discern those words of yours that are most critical for my life. Once found, grant me the strength to follow your word regardless of the cost to me.

Friday, March 27

Jeremiah 20:10-13; John 10:31-42

How do the works that I do show my faith in Jesus?

Lord, that are so many places you work in my life, it is difficult to pick one place. Help me to understand those works in my life that most affect my faith in you. Continue to work within me as I continue to grow in faith in you.

Saturday, March 28

Ezekiel 37:21-28; John 11:45-56

How have I felt God's presence with me?

Lord, I have especially felt your presence in my life during this special season. You have helped in so many ways to prepare me for the great feast of the resurrection. Stay with me during the coming Holy Week as I remember your glorious passion, death and resurrection in a very special way.

Monday through Saturday Daily Reflections by Deacon Rich Spiro
Sunday Reflections by Colleen Spiro

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