LENT AND THE 5TH COMMANDMENT

YOU SHALL NOT KILL:  YOU MAY NOT BE GUILTY OF MURDER AS SUCH, but this commandment has much broader applications, as indicated graphically in our Lord’s parable of the Good Samaritan.  Those who beat their victim and left him for dead were not the only guilty parties there.  Those who passed by on the other side without rendering aid were also seriously at fault.

“WE ARE TO FEAR AND LOVE GOD SO THAT WE DO NOT HURT OUR NEIGHBORS IN ANY WAY,” we are taught–and the word ANY is quite inclusive. “BUT WE ARE TO HELP THEM IN ALL THEIR PHYSICAL NEEDS:-and the word ALL is just as inclusive.

EXAMINE the damning evidence against you today, and place every accusation over Jesus’ head on the Cross.

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GRANT that I your Passion view with repentant grieving, Let me not bring shame to you by unholy living.  How could I refuse to shun every sinful pleasure Since for me God’s only Son suffered without measure????

LENT, WED. THRID WEEK OF LENT

MEDITATE ON THE COMMANDMENTS AND GIVE A GOOD EXAMPLE BY HOW YOU LIVE

DURING these two weeks you will be asked to think about the Ten Commandments, one each day and in great depth. Think about them personally, as “damning evidence of broken laws and commandments”   You are free in God;s love to take any infraction of God’s holy Law which you discover in your life–and nail it to the Cross of Christ.  He was willing to bear all the guilt and suffer all the punishment.  HE CAN TAKE IT! AND HE WILL.

FIRST COMMANDMENT demands from us a whole love for God,.-“with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your might.” Nothing less than that is acceptable.

How well have you kept it?  Perhaps more honestly, how seriously have you broken it?

Is there anyone or anything that you fear more than God-like your own reputation, what others might think of you if you truly lived according to this commandment?

Is there anyone or anything you love more than God-like money or pleasure or even a soft pillow on a Sunday morning?

Is there anyone or anything you trust more than God-like your own wisdom or will or abilities?

EXAMINE THE DAMNING evidence against you today and place every accusation over Jesus head on the Cross.

THURSDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK OF LENT

“ABRAHAM REPLIED, ‘My child, remember that you received what was good during your lifetime while Lazarus likewise received what was bad; but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented.'”(Luke 16:25)

THROUGHOUT THE DAY, OFFER PRAYERS OF PRAISE TO GOD FOR THE BLESSINGS HE HAS BESTOWED UPON YOU.

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THE CROSS OF JESUS CHRIST to which he was nailed for you can also serve this kind of function, to mark the place where your sins were taken away, and to guide the way you live.  One great Christian hymn says it well:

OH, THAT THE LORD WOULD GUIDE MY WAYS TO KEEP HIS STATUTES STILL!

OH, THAT MY GOD WOULD GRANT ME GRACE TO KNOW AN DO HIS WILL!

LENT-FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT, FEB. 22

NOAH ENDURED THE FORTY-DAY devastation of the flood.  In a similar way, the spirit today drives Jesus into the forty-day trial of the desert. Satan conspires to make Jesus compromise his relationship as Son toward his Father.  But Jesus remembers how the flood ends with God’s promise, “I will establish my covenant with you.” The Father now perfects that promise in the flesh of his own Son who will “show sinners the way” so that “he might lead you to God.”  The temptations make Jesus only more certain of his Sonship.  Through our trials the Father’s care shines.  (Magnificat)

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the Gospel according to Mark 1:12-15   THE SPIRIT DROVE Jesus out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan.  He was among wild beasts, and the angels ministered to him.

After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: “This is the time of fulfillment.  The kingdom of God is at hand.  Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

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THE FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT

If you were asked to compose a sign to be nailed over the head of the crucified Christ for all the world to read.    WHAT WOULD YOUR SIGN SAY?

JESUS, I WILL PONDER NOW ON YOUR HOLY PASSION;

WITH YOUR SPIRIT ME ENDOW FOR SUCH MEDITATION.

GRANT THAT I IN LOVE AND FAITH MAY THE IMAGE CHERISH

OF YOUR SUFFRING, PAIN, AND DEATH THAT I MAY NOT PERISH.

(Daily Lenten Meditations by Arden W. Mead)

LENT, HOLY SATURDAY, APRIL 19

Hi all, I was brought up to believe Lent ended at noon on Holy Saturday.  Don’t know if it is really true, but since Jesus was buried on Fri and Rises on Sunday, Saturday being a Holy day in the Jewish tradition, it makes sense. 

REFLECTION:  THOUGHTS FROM POPE FRANCIS;  HOLY SATURDAY  “We must not be afraid of solidarity; rather let us make all we have and are available to God.”  PRAY for all of our families and communities, that we might be the light of the Risen Christ in the world.r

Your RICE BOWL  If you are Catholic, put the money you saved in an envelope, mark it Rice Bowl and put it in the collection plate.  If you are not Catholic, but save the money for the poor,  go on line and find the address for CRS, Catholic Relief Services and send a check to them.   God bless you for anything you can do for the poor of the world, including the U.S.

PRAYERS:   The whole earth is at rest and quiet; they break forth into singing.  Isaiah 14:7

A peculiar quietness fills the air today.  You hung your head and gave up your spirit, Christ Jesus.  Still, a peculiar excitement fills the air, too.  My Lord and my God, I wait with bated breath for your resurrection!  Amen.

IT IS THE WATER:  Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?  Romans 6:3

It is the water from the Jordan through which the people and the Ark of the Covenant passed to enter into the Promised Land.  It is the water that flowed from the Temple, becoming deeper and deeper.  It is the water with which you yourself were baptized by John.  It is the water that became wine at Cana.  It is the healing water of the pool of Bethesda.  It is the water with which you washed your disciples’ feet.

   Yes, Lord, the water flowing from your side is all of this, but much more than this too because it is the water by which you give us your innermost self and make us part of your communion with your Father;  it is the water that becomes a spring in us welling up for eternal life.

Dear Jesus, cleanse my soul with your life-giving water.

Lent, Holy Saturday, the most important week of the Christian Year,  Easter, the most important day.

LENT, GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 18

REFLECTION:  IT IS FINISHED

A SIMPLE MEAL-GOOD FRIDAY

What is a simple meal that your family likes to prepare?  SHARE your recipe with a friend and together. PRAY for all who go hungry every day.  GIVE the money you save to your Rice Bowl.

PRAYERS:  GOOD FRIDAY:  And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have your forsaken me?”  Mark 15:34

Forsaken by both God and man, my Savior, you went through hell for me.  You did more than just go through hell; you conquered it, Christ Jesus, by obliterating the gates of hell on the cross.  My God, let me know the love that you have for me.  Let me know the price that has been paid on my behalf.  The crosses that I carry are nothing compared to your cross.  Yet I take up my crosses knowing that you, O Lord, have taken up the far greater cross for me. Amen

HE HAD TO DIE:  When you make his life an offering for sin, he shall see his offspring, and shall prolong his days; through him the ill of the LORD shall prosper.  Isaiah 53:10

How often have I missed the spiritual fruits of this season without even being aware of it? But how can I ever really celebrate Easter without observing Lent?  How can I rejoice fully in your resurrection when I have avoided in participating in your death?

     Yes, Lord, I have to die–with you, through you and in you–and thus become ready to recognize you when you appear to me in your resurrection.  there is so much in me that needs to die:  false attachments, greed and anger, impatience and stinginess.  O Lord, I am self-centered, concerned about my self, my  career, my future, my name and fame.  Often I even feel that I use you for my own advantage.  How preposterous, how sacrilegious, how sad!

Crucified Savior, we praise your sacrifice.

LENT, GOOD FRIDAY: THE WORST IS OVER – PUT YOURSELF IN MARY’S PLACE

LENT, HOLY WEEK, HOLY THURSDAY, APRIL 17

REFLECTION:  Station 14 JESUS IS BURRIED.  Join millions of Catholics across the United States to confront global poverty and contribute to the Church’s work helping people who are buried by hunger and poverty every day.  VISIT http://www.confrontglobalpoverty.org today.

PRAYERS:  A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another:  just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  John 13:34

Far above are the trees you cause to grow. Farther above are the mountains you carefully crafted.  Even farther yet are the stars you place in the sky.  Yet Christ Jesus, you stooped down on bended knee to wash the feet of your followers.  Though it makes me uncomfortable to think of you doing such a lowly task, I know it was done out of your own free will.  Give me a spirit of readiness to carry the crosses of faith.  O Lord, I want to get my hands dirty.  Amen

‘THIS IS MY BODY’  On the night when He was betrayed He took a loaf of bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said,  “This is my body that is for you.  Do this in remembrance of me.” 1Corinthians 11:23-24

Jesus says give me that little life, and he took it and he blessed it, he broke it and he gave it away, and it multiplied in the giving.  That’s what our life is supposed to be.  To be taken, blessed, broken and given away so that it can multiply.  Your life is called to multiply and be fruitful far beyond your little clock time, your little 50, 60, 70, 880, 90 100 years that you will live.  That’s just so little.  But if you live it as the one who is taken, blessed and broken your little life will be fruitful far beyond the boundaries of your little existence.  That’s true of Jesus’ life and that’s true for everyone who lives in the Spirit of Jesus.

Dearest Jesus, thank you for the gift of your body and blood.

Holy Thursday, Passover, the last meal, Jesus dies tomorrow.  Put yourselves in Mary’s place as she watches her son walk to his death. Can you feel her pain?  I cannot even come close to imagining such a situation.

 

Dearest Jesus, thank you for the gift of your body and blood.