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Monday, March 23
Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent | Ron and Lucy Werthman
As part of our pilgrimage to the Holy Land, we were blessed to visit Cana. According to the Gospel of John, this is where Jesus performed his first public miracle at the wedding feast, by changing water into wine. When the wedding host ran out of wine, Jesus was asked by his mother Mary to intercede and a stressful situation was turned into a positive one.
Sunday, March 22
Sunday of the Fourth Week of Lent | Monsignor Woy
Over the past days, I have been drawn to and encouraged by these hope filled words of St. Paul in his letter to the Romans: “If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but handed him over for us all, how will he not give us everything else along with him?......What can separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:31b-32; 37-39) What encouraging words from St. Paul in this time of anxiety and uncertainty! We will get through this! God will get us through this crises! St. Paul reminds us that God loves us and absolutely nothing can change this.
Saturday, March 21
Saturday of the Third Week of Lent | Stations of the Cross, Station III
The burden was too heavy. The cross forced Jesus down. He stumbled and fell. But he struggled to his feet and tried once more. He did not let difficulties or pain /shake his determination. He forced himself to stand up, /painfully lifted the cross to his shoulder /and tried once more.
Friday, March 20
Friday of the Third Week of Lent | Lisa Kantz
In today’s Gospel, a religious scholar of the law asks Jesus, “Which is the first of all the commandments? Jesus replied “The first is this: Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these”.
Thursday, March 19
Thursday of the Third Week of Lent | Sheila Peter
Since childhood, St. Joseph has been my Special Friend – helping me over hurdles and always being there. Therefore, visiting his house, where the Holy Family lived was quite moving. Approaching it, we saw a statue of St. Joseph which I lovingly rubbed. Unbeknownst to me, our son Tommy, captured it on his phone! In the house, I walked where they walked and saw what they saw! One wall had an etching of Christ helping his father in his carpenter shop. It echoed the St. Joseph Chapel window of Christ helping “The Carpenter of Nazareth”, which I love! (West window, bottom level, 1st panel on left) Now, when describing it, I “see” the etching in Nazareth!
Wednesday, March 18
Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent | Jason Gaarder
Personally, we are in the most challenging period of Lent for me. The deep spirituality from Ash Wednesday is in the rear view mirror, but the light of Easter is not quite visible at the end of the tunnel. In addition, the self-righteous satisfaction one gets from the deprivation from whatever one has given up has now worn off. In fact if I am being completely honest there are years where I have fallen off the Lenten wagon right about now.
Tuesday, March 17
Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent | Donna McCann
Today’s reading tells the story of when Jesus called Simon Peter to be his disciple. After fishing all night and catching nothing, Jesus instructs Simon Peter, first, to let him use his boat so he can teach the crowds that had gathered, and then, to bring him out to deep waters to fish. Peter obeys Jesus’ commands even though he must have been tired and frustrated. Much to the fishermen’s amazement, they catch so much fish, that their boats are in danger of sinking. When Jesus calls him to come with him so they can “catch people” instead of fish, he leaves the fish behind and follows Him.
Monday, March 16
Monday of the Third Week of Lent | Elaine Trischetta
Reflections on Nazareth….. Having attended both Catholic grammar school and high school, of course I was steeped in the stories of the catechism and the life of Christ, but somehow, those stories always seemed “other-worldly” to me. They almost had a mystical quality to them. At times growing up, I asked myself if they were real. And then I came to the Holy Land.
Sunday, March 15
Sunday of the Third Week of Lent | Clare Logue
Throughout this Gospel reading, we are presented with Jesus’ loving and accepting a woman who had been made unacceptable in the eyes her community. Jesus, who, at first encounter, was a perfect stranger, welcomed her and forgave her when no one else would. It wasn’t that he did not know what she had done, it was that he knew exactly what had taken place and forgave the Woman at the Well despite of it.
Saturday, March 14
Saturday of the Second Week of Lent | Chris McCullough
Today we hear, again, the familiar story of the Prodigal Son. From one perspective, it is about the prodigal nature of the son, who foolishly squander’s his father’s wealth in shameful ways and returns seeking forgiveness from his father for the mistakes he has made. But from another perspective, this story is about the prodigal nature of God. The father in this story behaves as no father would have in Jesus’ time. For the father to run to his son, forgive him without even hearing his practiced confession, and throwing a huge party for him, was not only unheard of, it was reckless. But the father’s behavior reflects a deep compassion that is characteristic of our God. The Father’s reaction to his son is a joy sparked by his return, from what he considered as being lost to sin prior to his return.