Daily Reflection of Lent 2019
Day: 6th March Wednesday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mt 6:1-6.16-18)
But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you may not appear to others to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.
When you fast, anoint your head and wash your face … By loving You, may I seek Your Cross more actively. What are some small sacrifices I can do during the next forty days? Abstain from a tv programme…. offer to do some chores at home…. go with my friends to visit the sick….
Day: 7th March Thursday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Lk 9:22-25)
If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
I want to be a follower of Yours. I want to lose my life for Your sake. I want to make small daily acts of self-denial. Can I offer up my struggle to fight against my mood swings and be cheerful? Blessed the man who sets his security in the Lord, and happy am I when I fight to be cheerful and make life more pleasant for those around me.
Day: 8th March Friday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mt 9:14-15)
Then the disciples of John approached him and said, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast (much), but your disciples do not fast?”
Jesus, I want to start my prayer by considering the question of John’s disciples: “Why do we and the Pharisees fast (much), but your disciples do not fast?” When I choose to do something noble, do I fall into the temptation of looking around to see whether others do “as much” as I am doing?
Day: 9th March Saturday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Lk 5:27-32)
Jesus went out and saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And leaving everything behind, he got up and followed him.
Levi, later St Matthew, considered it an honour to follow You. He celebrated his vocation because it brought him great happiness. It gave meaning to his life. If I hear You saying ‘Follow me’, would I be ready to leave everything?
Day: 11th March Monday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mt 25:31-46)
‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’
Help me, Lord, so that I can think less of myself and more of the others. May I discover You in the people around me.
Day: 12th March Tuesday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mt 6:6-15)
If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.
It is Your grace that will give more meaning to this time of Lent. How do You want me to change? I could be more generous with my time … I could try to forgive others, as You forgive me in the sacrament of Confession …
Day: 13th March Wednesday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Lk 11:29-32)
This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah.
Lord, do not condemn this generation. A contrite, humbled heart, O God, you will not scorn. I am sorry for my sins and for the sins of all humanity.
Day: 14th March Thursday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mt 7:7-12)
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Thank you for teaching me how to pray to our Father in heaven.
And “how” should I ask? The five-finger prayer guide of Pope Francis is useful: the thumb is closest to me, so I should first pray for those close to me. The index for those who teach and guide me. The tallest finger should remind me to pray for my leaders. The “ring” finger is the weakest and I can ask for the sick and those in need. Last of all, the pinkie should remind me to pray for myself – always in the light of the needs of others.
Day: 15th March Friday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mt 5:20-26)
Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
For me to live charity with the others, I have to be humble to accept that they are different. I have to humble myself and accept that my opinion is not always the best. Sometimes, I have to admit that I am wrong.
Day: 16th March Saturday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mt Mt 5:43-48)
But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good,
Jesus, as You spoke to Your disciples, speak to me in this time of prayer. “I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you.”
Day: 18th March Monday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Lk 6:36-38)
“Be merciful, just as (also) your Father is merciful.”
You ask me today to consider how compassionate God my Father is with me. I repeat the words of the Psalmist: Do not remember against us the iniquities of our forefathers. My Father God doesn’t keep a record of the evil I have done. In confession, all my sins are forgiven.
Day: 19th March Tuesday
(Solemnity of St. Joseph Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mt 1:16. 18-21. 24a)
Behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying,
“Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit; she will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
Joseph was called in a dream and was given a two-fold task: to receive Mary as his bride and to give a name to the son that would be born of her. God called Joseph to set aside his personal plans and embrace His plan. In silent docility Joseph made God’s plan his own plan.
Many things can upset the regular rhythm of my daily life, how do I react? Do I place my trust in God and welcome His will?
Day: 20th March Wednesday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mt 20:17-28)
Can you drink the cup that I am going to drink?
“Can you drink the cup that I am going to drink?” In other words, ‘Can you imitate Me? Can you give your life up for the others?’
Day: 21st March Thursday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Lk 16:19-31)
Father Abraham, have pity on me. Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am suffering torment in these flames
“Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to the bosom of Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried.” One day, I too will die and I too will be judged. The poor man received a reward. The rich man received condemnation. If I die today, how would I be judged?
Day: 22nd March Friday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Mt 21:33-43.45-46)
Finally, he sent his son to them, … But … They seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What will the owner of the vineyard do to those tenants when he comes?
“Hear another parable.” How many times You had to explain the same thing to the chief priests, and each time You tried to say it in a different way. How many times You have tried to tell me to change, … have I listened?
Day: 23rd March Saturday
Scripture Reading (Excerpt from Lk 15:1-3.11-32)
Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you; I no longer deserve to be called your son.
I don’t need to run away from God when I sin. I need to run back to Him. I need to run back to You, my Friend!
Speak to Me – 2| Year of Publication: 2015 (Paulines Publications Africa)