Why do Catholics celebrate Lent?

Benjamin Being Catholic

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, …

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+417+ I already know… and I still love You (Lent 3)

Fr. Joel Homilies

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.

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+416+ Clean the Stuff out of your Tent (Lent 2)

Fr. Joel Homilies

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.

God serves those who serve Him (Lent 1)

Benjamin Homilies

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.

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+415+ Lean on God and you’ll never Fall (Lent 1)

Fr. Joel Homilies

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)

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+324+ Servant is Lord is Servant (Holy Thursday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

The Lord of the house lived in luxury; the servants lived simple lives. But Jesus, the true Lord, chooses to serve. He invites us to do the same. A husband washes the feet of his wife and family when he uses his authority to serve them. Let the Lord serve you that you might serve others.

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+323+ The King and the Cross (Palm Sunday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Jesus enters Jerusalem as the triumphal Messiah and true King of a kingdom of love and peace. But the kingdoms of the world dominate and destroy Him. Peter discovers that Jesus’ kingdom is the one that truly lasts, but we can only enter it by taking up our crosses. Will you deny Him, or will you follow Him through death to the Resurrection? (24 Mar 2013)

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+317+ The Church is serious about Mass on Sunday (Lent 1)

Fr. Joel Homilies

Four Things the Church is Serious About, part 1: The Church is serious about Mass on Sunday. Deliberately missing Mass on Sunday is a mortal sin. Why the rule? Christians gather to celebrate the Resurrection and to be fed by almighty God. The world can’t satisfy us because we were made for God. Don’t spiritually starve to death. Come to Mass on Sunday. (17 Feb 2012)

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+316+ Remember you are Dust (Ash Wednesday)

Fr. Joel Homilies

The Church is about conversion, a change of heart, and repentance. Repentance starts by remembering that you are going to die. We will each stand before Almighty God and answer God’s questions: What have you done with the amazing life I gave you? Now is the time to start preparing for that moment. Now is the time to repent and believe in the Gospel. (13 Feb 2013)