News - Reflections Lent 2020
Thursday, April 2
Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent | Ximena DeBroeck
It’s probably safe to say that most of us have, at some point, failed to keep a promise we have made. Perhaps it was a promise to do something, or to send something that was requested, or to call someone back, or even to keep in touch with someone important in our lives. Although there are promises associated with a covenant, a covenant is much more than simply a promise. In the biblical sense, it is about an eternal bond between God and humanity. It is about a relationship between God and each one of us. The covenant is central to God’s revelation in Scripture and it is central to our lives as disciples of Christ.
Wednesday, April 1
Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent | Stations of the Cross, Station VI
Veronica volunteered to help Jesus. She saw his sweaty, bloody face / and was moved by the terrible pain she saw there. She did not hesitate to get her veil bloody and stained.
Tuesday, March 31
Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent | Karen Banta
For twenty years my extended family vacationed in Hilton Head for two weeks every Summer. Over the years, we tried many ways to shorten our drive in order to avoid “Beach traffic” and I-95 road construction. Ultimately, we settled on a two-day drive down with an overnight stop in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Bearing in mind that this was in the days prior to the wide-spread use of cell phones and GPS, my husband David had one rule for the drive: each passenger could only ask “Are we there yet?” one time per day.
Monday, March 30
Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent | David Banta
In this passage from Luke’s Gospel Jesus is coming from the Mount of Olives towards his triumphal entry into the City of Jerusalem. He paused as he saw the city and the Temple and wept, for he was aware of what was to happen in the near future where Jerusalem would be destroyed, knowing this and the sacrifice He was going to make to save us. Could this have been avoided if we had “recognize the time of your visitation.”
Sunday, March 29
Sunday of the Fifth Week of Lent | Lisa Kantz
Today is the 5th Sunday of Lent. Our reading today is about the raising of Lazarus. From death, comes life. As I see it, it’s a story of contrasts. It begins in the town of Bethany, where Jesus’ friend, Lazarus, and his sisters Martha and Mary live. Lazarus is sick, and so, Mary and Martha sent for Jesus. After waiting 2 days, Jesus sets out for Bethany to see Lazarus. As he approaches the house where the family was staying, Martha greets him out on the road, while Mary sits and waits. Upon seeing Lazarus lying in the tomb, “Jesus wept”. It shows his human side. But at the end of the story, Jesus performs the miracle of raising Lazarus to life, showing his divine side. Some of the Jews came to believe in him after seeing the things he did, yet others went to the Pharisees and told of those things, which ultimately led the chief priests and the Pharisees to plot his death. We’ll hear more about that next week.
Saturday, March 28
Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent | Kaitlyn Griffin
The beginning of the Gospel talks about how the crowds couldn’t agree on what to make of Jesus. What he said seemed to align with the prophecy, but he did not have the background they expected. They held a very black and white view of the prophecy. To them, it stated that a man would come from the line of David, from Bethlehem, and he would bring the teachings of God to the people. Now we know Jesus was from the line of David, but not in an obvious way. Jesus was not the son of a king, but rather that of a carpenter.
Friday, March 27
Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent | Stations of the Cross, Station V
As they led Jesus away, / they laid hold of Simon of Cyrene / who was coming in from the field. They put a crossbeam on Simon's shoulder for him to carry along behind Jesus.
Thursday, March 26
Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent | Joe Buttarazzi
Not knowing the future is a bummer, perhaps explaining why those like the ancient Israelites awaiting Moses at the bottom of Mt Horeb don’t follow the way “pointed out” by the Lord or like the Jews of Jesus’ day who don’t want ”to have life” in Christ. They know the truth but dread where it might take them.
Wednesday, March 25
Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent | Chris McCullough
The two statements that jump out at me from the Gospel today are “Hail full of Grace” and “How can this be?” The phrase from the first reading that sticks with me is “the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel, which means “God is with us!” (Is. 8:10).
Tuesday, March 24
Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent | Stations of the Cross, Station IV
Jesus and Mary meet and suffer with one another. There wasn't anything Mary could do to save her son. Like a parent beside the hospital bed of a sick child, / Mary had to stand by helplessly and watch her son's agony. Even when we cannot free others from their burdens, / like Mary we can support and console them by our presence and prayer.