Leprosy was a lot like sin. Jesus sacrifices himself to make us clean again. Lent is a time to grow in love. Spend 10-15 minutes in prayer each day, reach out to others, and give up something that’s getting in the way of love. (15 Feb 2015)
Most everyone in today’s Gospel regrets their choices: Judas hangs himself, Peter weeps bitterly, Pilate washes his hands, and even the soldiers regret their choices. How can we live without regrets? By imitating Jesus and choosing the will of God the Father.
“Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” The Lord was here, and took care of his friend. It’s never too late because there is no place Jesus won’t go for His friends. Jesus will even go to die for his friends. Are you really friends with Jesus?
Do we actually see things as they really are? David was the future king, and the blind man was a child of God. The Pharisees won’t admit they need help seeing. Ask God to make you new eyes: Open my eyes Lord, help me to see.
Lent is the way that Catholics prepare for the celebration of the Triduum (which means “three days”). The Triduum is the triple feast of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. These feasts commemorate the climax of the life of Jesus. Holy Thursday remembers the His famous last supper with his closest disciples, while Good Friday commemorates his arrest, trial, …
Those things you think nobody knows? Jesus already knows… and He still loves you. He offers His love like an ocean of mercy. And He “thirsts” for our faith and our love in return. This Lent, I want you to do two things:
1) Encounter the Merciful love of God: Read the Bible, go to Confession, and see His mercy all around us.
2) Offer the Merciful love of God to your spouse, friends, and yourself.
Today are privileged to see Jesus’ true glory. Peter did not need “three tents” because Jesus is enough. He replaces the Law and the Prophets. Right relationship with God and neighbor happens when we follow Jesus faithfully. Like the Israelites, we have been cheating on our relationships by letting stuff get in the way of people. Clean out the tent of your heart and make room for the amazing gift of Jesus.
Genesis tells us about the most embarrassing moment in the world, the moment when Adam and Eve sinned. Adam and Eve’s mistake was to listen to the serpent instead of serving God; they did what seemed best to them rather than doing what God asked. The fundamental choice of our whole life is whether we are going to obey God or not, whether we will serve God and others or serve ourselves. In the desert, Jesus shows us how to do it the right way; Jesus refuses to serve Himself, because He is totally dedicated to serving God and others.
Jesus spends 40 days in the desert (sound familiar?) and Satan tempts him to:
*Doubt that God will provide for you.
*Doubt that God will protect you.
*Trade what you have (God) for something that looks better.
The Israelites fell into this temptation. Adam and Eve fell into this temptation. We have fallen into temptation. But Jesus doesn’t fall for it. What’s his secret? Jesus knows he isn’t strong enough, so He leans on the power of God. You are not strong enough, and you will never be strong enough. But lean on God and you’ll never fall.
(9 Mar 2014)
Pope Francis shows the Church that we can’t get by on “good enough.” Every Christian should reflect the face of Christ. This Lent: Fast from a luxury, find a way to serve the poor, and pray a little more. Then you will reflect the Face of Christ!