News - Reflections Lent 2020
Tuesday, March 3
Tuesday of the First Week of Lent | Deborah McManus
Just last year I remember thinking of going to Jerusalem and wondering how it could become a reality. My husband was not pleased to let me go to Israel on my own, as I had no contact in the region, but my faith would not let me surrender. My mother’s words echoed in my ears; “life goes so quickly, so be sure not to waste a precious moment”. Soon afterwards, it seems that the Lord took over, and within weeks I was going to Jerusalem with one of my dearest friends, Elaine.
Monday, March 2
Monday of the First Week of Lent | Mike McGeady
‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’ How do we know when we are called to serve in the various ministries of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen? To go beyond our “Catholic routine” of sacraments, feasts and prayer and explore service? If you are ever thinking about service, you are being called. If you are reading or hearing this, you are being called. If, during a silent part of Mass you feel compelled by something you have seen, heard or done, you are being called.
Sunday, March 1
First Sunday of Lent | Fr. Kevin Ewing
Hi, this is Fr. Kevin Ewing, associate pastor of the Cathedral. I want to welcome you to this first Sunday of Lent. And thank you for joining us for our Lenten reflections. In today’s Gospel reading, we hear about the temptation of Jesus; how the devil tempted him three times. And in the first temptation we hear how Jesus is tempted to transform a stone into bread. What I am reminded of, especially as we are on the outset of our journey of Lent, is that invitation to fasting to which the Lord invites each and every one of us to participate.
Saturday, February 29
Saturday after Ash Wednesday | Glenn Osborne
Music has the power to lock words into your memory. As soon as I started reading the first lesson for today from Isaiah, a melody started coming to me. It wasn’t clear, but these lines just sang in my head: Then light shall rise for you in the darkness, and the gloom shall become for you like midday; There were too many words for the melody, and I felt like “dawn” needed to be in there somewhere. Maybe the composer used a different translation?
Friday, February 28
Friday after Ash Wednesday | Christy Cabaniss
Oh, the first week of Lent! That time when you remember and forget that you are in a time of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Today’s readings are all about our tendency to treat our practices superficially. I don’t know about you, but Lent can really be a time of superficial practice for me sometimes. Just going through the motions, forgetting that I’m supposed to be fasting, and doing things out of obligation instead of letting the practice really change my heart. If we don’t give ourselves over to the denial of self and that emptiness that only God can fill, will we even recognize the bridegroom when he comes? Let’s be courageous this Lent and really enter into our own vulnerability to see what Jesus can do when we give him that open space created by our fasting and giving. Being in community means we do it together.
Thursday, February 27
Thursday after Ash Wednesday | Megan Latshaw
In today’s readings, God promises rewards (both in this life and eternally) if we follow his ways. Seems so simple, right? Until we remember what his ways were – leaving his family, devoting oneself to the poor and outcast, challenging those in power, suffering at the hands of his fellow citizens. Where do the rewards come in?
Wednesday, February 26
Ash Wednesday | Chris McCullough
“Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return.” These words, spoken during the application of ashes in older times, remind us of our mortality, limited nature and dependence on God. They also hearkens to Jesus’ time spent in the desert. Lent is a time when we are in solidarity with Jesus’ forty day journey. This dedicated forty day “desert time” is a time for us to seek repentance for our sins and to turn to God with our whole heart.