I know it’s Monday, missed Sunday, but the prayer is excellent and I wanted you all to have it for your own. THE SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT
MAKE ME SEE your great distress, Anguish, and affliction,
BONDS AND stripes and wretchedness and your crucifixion;
MAKE ME SEE how scourge and rod, spear and nails, did wound you,
HOW YOU DIED FOR THOSE, O GOD, who with thorns had crowned you.
__________________________________HE DIED FOR ME (YOUR NAME) BECAUSE HE LOVES ME.
I AM UNIQUE! NO one can live my life for me. What does God want me to do with my personal gifts?
REFLECTION: Jesus Carries the Cross: Most people in Kariobangi, Kenya live on less than $1.00 per day, a heavy cross to carry. Many live in constant fear of not having enough money to buy food for their families. Give $1.00 to your Rice Bowl and help feed families in Kenya.
PRAYER: TO FULL COMMUNION-Giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater…Isaiah 55:10
“You and I, we are called to be broken so that we can give ourselves. Listen to what Jesus is saying. He says it’s good for you that I die, the ultimate of brokenness on the cross, so that I can give you my spirit, so that my spirit can lead you to the full truths. The word truths and the word betrothal can lead you to the full intimacy–that is what it means, to the full love, to the full communion. I want your deaths to be like my deaths. The spiritual life is a life to teach you to die in order that you can give yourself. It’s good for you to die so that you can give yourself and bear fruit. I give myself to you, precious Lord, so that I may give to others.” from GOD’S ABIDING LOVE by Henri J.M.Nouwen
Ask and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7
“Jesus, you gave so much of yourself and yet you invite me to ask for even more. Though I did nothing to deserve it, you freely gave your life up for me on the cross. Lord, show me how to freely give more of myself to my family. As I carry the crosses of family, fill me with your Spirit of giving. When my family knocks, let me answer. When my family asks, let me give. Amen” from: TAKE UP YOUR CROSS by Trevor Sutton
Have a blessed Lent
Reflection: CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING: Sacredness and Dignity of the Human Person
Created in the image of God, all people possess and inherent dignity that comes directly from our creation and not from any action of our own. Human life is sacred, and the welfare of all people is a priority.
PRAYER; But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
Frustrated and fatigued, I often wonder if I have anything left to give anyone else. O Lord, the needs of my family can be emotionally and spiritually overwhelming. Let your strength renew me as I carry the crosses of caring for my family. Catch me when I am faint. Lead me when I am lost. You have entrusted me with so much by giving me this cross to carry. Now breathe your breath into my life, O God, and show me how to sacrifice myself for family.
A GIFT TO THE WORLD
You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself. Leviticus 19:18
Your life is not for yourself. My life is not for myself. The deepest desires of you and me is to give myself to others. That is part of me. Not just a part of my life, all of me. I am created to give myself away. In my giving myself away I want to be a fruitful person, not a successful person, not a rich person, not a person with many results–to have a fruitful life. Our lives bear fruit in the giving. I am more and more aware that the deepest joy of the spiritual life is precisely in giving myself, giving ourselves, in giving ourselves away. We can do it because we know that we are the beloved who are blessed and broken, but that we were broken in order that we could become a gift for the world.
Heavenly Father, help me love my neighbor as you love me.
HAVE A BLESSED LENT
STATION 1: Jesus is Condemned to Death. There are more than 10.4 million refugees worldwide, people condemned to leave their homes due to wars, natural disasters and other tragedies. GIVE 25 cents to your Rice Bowl in thanksgiving for each person who lives in your home.
Prayer: And he who was seated on the throne said, Behold, I am making all things new. :Also he said, :Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:5
Lord, you take broken things and make them new. You have taken a broken world and made it new again by the powerful cross of Christ. Do the very same in my life; transform my complaints so that they become crosses I carry for you. Turn my grumbling into gladness. Make my many objections new so that they can become opportunities to carry a cross for you. Do what only you can do: Make all things new. Amen
THE DANGERS OF DEPENDENCY: The LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong. Isaiah 58:11
Many voices around and within us warn us of the dangers of dependence. We fear being dependent on others because of the idea that dependence is a threat to our security. A friend once told me how often his father would say, “Son, be sure you do not have to beg for what you need. Be sure that you always have enough money so you can have your own house, your own things, and your own people to help you. As long as you have some money in the bank, nothing bad can really happen to you.” The pressure in our culture to secure our own future and to control our lives as much as possible does not find support in the Bible.
DEAR GOD, HELP ME FIND MY SECURITY IN YOU.
March 6 Thought for the day:
Catholic Social Teaching: The Common Good. In order for all of us to have an opportunity to grow and develop fully, a certain social fabric must exist within society. This is the common good. We all share responsibility for helping our neighbors achieve their fullest potential.
PRAYER: “Then Jesus told his disciples, “if anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Matthew 16:24
“The full sacrifice has been made. Holy blood has been poured out for me. Christ has offered himself up on the cross in order to restore all of your creation, O God. All that was necessary to forgive sins has been accomplished by the cross of Christ. Nevertheless, Lord, you invite me to deny myself and take up crosses of my own. You beckon for me to die to myself and rise to new life in Christ. These crosses I carry transform my feeble plans and turn them into your far great plans. Amen” from: TAKE UP YOUR CROSS pamphlet
TRUST IN GOD
What does it profit them if they gain the whole world, but lose or forfeit themselves? Luke 9:25
“What is our security base? God or Mammon? That is what Jesus would ask. He says that we cannot put our security in God and money. We have to make a choice. Jesus counsels: “Put your security in God.” We have to make a choice where we want to belong, to the world or to God. Our trust, our basic trust, Jesus teaches, has to be in God. As long as our real trust is in money, we cannot be true members of the Kingdom…What is the true base of our security/ Loving God, I put my trust in you.” from: GOD’S ABIDING LOVE booklet.