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Holy Week @ Home: Tuesday, March 30

Welcome to Lent @ Home! We believe prayer leads to action - so start your day with us in prayer, then complete the action below. Thank you for journeying with us this Lent!

Tuesday of Holy Week

This is a day when we offer and give special attention to the sacrament of Reconciliation.  Since Lent is a time of turning back to God with our whole heart, we need to do some soul searching and examine the ways in which we have allowed ourselves to be lead us away from God and ultimately into sin.  Sin is never just a personal affair as it effects not only our relationship with God, but also with our neighbor and ultimately the community.  In trying to live a life of an informed conscience, this is a chance take stock and ownership of our participation in personal or social sin.  It is a chance to open ourselves to the mercy and forgiveness of God, by receiving the grace of this sacrament.

Prayer of the Day

You're invited to listen to Ximena DeBroeck's reflection on the Tuesday of Holy Week. You may also listen on our podcast here (or wherever you listen to podcasts).

Continue reading this email or visit our Reflections webpage for a written version of this reflection!

Strength and Hope from God in Difficult Times

Have you ever stopped to reflect on your life before you were born?  Regardless of our present realities, our state of life, our health, our job circumstances, our financial situation, our relationships, we all share something in common.  Before our birth, we all lived in a confined space, surrounded by darkness and water, and totally dependent on our mothers.  And in that small place, before we could ‘accomplish’ anything, God, our Creator, knew us.  It was in darkness that God guided the growth of our tiny bodies, until it was time to be born.

Interestingly, it is that image of complete dependence that Isaiah used to communicate an important message to the people of ancient Israel, centuries before Christ was born.  The people of that time were enduring enormous suffering, having been displaced from their land and having lost the Temple, and with it, their understanding of God’s presence in their lives.  And yet, in the midst of those circumstances, Isaiah called forth an image of protection and dependency.  Furthermore, they were invited to see themselves as God’s servant, being formed by him before birth, and being called by name to be a light to all the nations.

As we journey with Jesus during these days in Holy Week, and walk with him to his Passion, it is hard to bring ourselves to think that one of his closest companions betrayed him, and that another one would deny knowing him. Still, Jesus remained steadfast in his relationship to the Father.  He showed us that in the face of such intense suffering, he trusted in God.   We can almost imagine Jesus praying the words of today’s psalm, calling on God to be his rock of refuge, his stronghold, and his fortress; and also vowing to proclaim God’s wonderful deeds.  We can also imagine Jesus recalling the words of Isaiah and knowing that God asked him to be a light to the nations, in spite of and through betrayal and denial. 

Isaiah’s message, from so long ago, is also given to us today! Like our ancestors, we are also reassured that God has formed us from the womb, and that the same loving God who called us into existence, is inviting us today to be a light to all around us.  Following the example of Jesus, as we face betrayal, and sufferings, we can confidently profess that God is our strength.

What betrayals and denials have we faced? What sufferings are we uniting to the sufferings of Jesus?

Prayer:   Loving God, we thank you for having formed us in the womb, and for calling us to bring your light to those around us.  Help us remember that we depend on you; that you are our rock; that in you alone, we find peace and comfort in the midst of suffering.  Guide our path, that we may walk with Jesus and bring your love to the world. Amen.

Action of the Day

“Amen, amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” Jn 13:21

Reflect today on those times when you have betrayed Jesus by turning away from his call to love and forgive others. Ask for his help in being faithful disciples.

Pass this along to a friend! 

Questions? Email Beth Mayr or Chris McCullough.

Content adapted from Sadlier and Catholic Relief Services resources.