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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.
Taking a moment in peace and quiet, dedicating the moment to God, reflecting on the readings of the day - all can bring us to a more intimate relationship with God.
So take some time to just BE with the Lord.
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Sunday, April 13, 2014
Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion
The centurion and the men with him who were keeping watch over Jesus feared greatly when they saw the earthquake and all that was happening, and they said, "Truly, this was the Son of God!" (Mt 27:54)
This is Holy Week. This is the week when we journey with Christ on His Way of the Cross. This is the week when we observe the suffering, the dying, and the resurrection of Jesus the Christ.
The sexual abuse issues in the Church are very much on my mind. When the crisis first hit the United States many years ago, it was at the beginning of Lent. It was a Lent I will never forget. I carried my own cross that year.
And many years later, new stories of abuse come out every so often. And I wonder, is it ever going to be over?
And then every once in awhile I experience hope.
I had requested a Mass intention during Holy Week for survivors of child sexual abuse and I was able to attend that Mass. After I brought up the gifts, I was sitting in my pew, only half-listening, thinking about what it had meant to me to bring up those gifts.
I felt as if I was representing all survivors of sexual abuse. It was as if I had been offering myself and my pain and my suffering to God in the hope of healing for all survivors.
Tears came to my eyes as I thought of Hope and its meaning. The hope that God is with us always and we will one day be with him and he will wipe away all our tears.
The Hope that is Jesus.
We all suffer but we never suffer alone. If we ever lose hope, we only need to travel with Jesus through Holy Week.
If we ever lose sight of what Jesus did for us, and does for us, then we need only travel with Him through these holiest of days.
Dear Jesus, thank you for saving us and healing us and loving us. Thank you for suffering for us and with us. May we never lose sight of the hope you have given us. You are all we need. Amen.
Monday, April 14
Monday of Holy Week
Isaiah 42:1-7; John 12:1-11
How can I be like Mary and be more attentive to Jesus' presence?
Lord, I know you are always present in my life, but there are times when I pay little attention to your presence. Help me to become more aware of your constant presence. Help me to pay more attention to it, especially during this Holy Week.
Tuesday, April 15
Tuesday of Holy Week
Isaiah 49:1-6; John 13:21-33, 36-38
Peter denied Jesus three times. In what ways have I denied Jesus in my life?
Lord, I do not do it intentionally but there are times when, by my behavior, I betray and deny you. Help me to never again turn my back on you. Grant me the strength to always let those around me know that I am a follower of yours. This Holy Week, help me to remain at the foot of your cross and not to run away from you.
Wednesday, April 16
Wednesday of Holy Week
Isaiah 50:4-9a; Matthew 26:14-25
How might desires for things of this world keep me from faithfully following Jesus?
Lord, I realize that there are times that my own greed for the things of this world has come between us. Help me to set aside my greed and to accept all that you generously give me. Grant me the courage to let go of all world desires that may get in my way of following you. This Holy Week, help me to give up all greed.
Thursday, April 17
Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-15
Jesus gives us the gift of Himself, the Eucharist. How can I become more actively involved in the celebration of the Eucharist?
Lord, there are times that I just pass time when at your Eucharist Feast. Help me to become more actively involved in the celebration. Give me the grace to fully and actively participate. This Holy Thursday especially remind me of the great gift you have given me in the Eucharist.
Friday, April 18
Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9; John 18:1-19:42
How can I be more like Jesus? How can I live life like He did?
Lord, you have given us a wonderful example to follow if we wish to be like you. Help me to better follow your example. On this Good Friday, help me to accept whatever suffering I have as you accepted your suffering. Help me Lord to live a life like yours.
Saturday, April 19
Holy Saturday - Easter Vigil
Genesis 1:1-2:2; Genesis 22:1-18; Exodus 14:15-15:1; Isaiah 54:5-14; Isaiah 55:1-11; Baruch 3:9-15, 32-4:4; Ezekiel 36:16-17a, 18-28; Romans 6:3-11; Matthew 28:1-10
Are there fears that keep me from giving witness to Jesus?
Lord, I can be such a coward. Many fears keep me from loudly proclaiming my love for you. Help me to overcome these fears and to have the courage to loudly proclaim my deep belief and love of you. This Holy Saturday, as you lie silently in your tomb, take all silence from my lips regarding your wonders.
Monday through Saturday Reflections by Deacon Rich Spiro
Sunday Reflections by Colleen Spiro
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