Daily Reflections

 

26th February – Ash Wednesday

Matthew 6:1-6. 16-18

“When you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”(Mt 6:16-18)

Short Reflection:

Grant, O Lord, that we may begin with holy fasting this campaign of Christian service, so tat as we take up battle against spiritual evils, we may be armed with weapon of self-restraint. (Collect prayer of mass)


27th February – Thursday after Ash Wednesday

Luke 9:22-25

[Jesus] said, “The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised.” Then he said to all, “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”(Lk 9:22-23)

Short Reflection:

All who believe already in this message now have to commit themselves by accepting a life condition of free, total self-gift for the good of others. It is losing one’s life for the sake of others and for Jesus. Jesus, according to Luke, requests that his disciple has to have commitment and has to live it daily. It is not enough to follow Jesus during times of prayer or Bible Study or Sharing. This commitment is lifelong, and for every day.

When am I tempted to postpone being a follower of Jesus in my daily life?


28th February – Friday after Ash Wednesday

Matthew 9:14-15

Jesus answered [the disciples of John], “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.”(Mt 9:15)

Short Reflection:

Since communion with God and with neighbour is a joyful occasion, it is like the wedding banquet in which those taking part celebrate with joy. The presence and ministry of Jesus promoted such communion with God and with others.
Our fasting during Lent invites us to a joyful longing for communion with God and an open-hearted sharing with our sisters and brothers most in need here and now.

How can I express my longing for communion with God and sharing with others?


29th February – Saturday after Ash Wednesday

Luke 5:27-32

Jesus said to [the Pharisees and the Scribes] in reply, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do. I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.”(Lk 5:31-32)

Short Reflection:

Jesus continues to reach out to each one of us, not because we are good, but precisely because he wants to give us the chance to taste and grow in God’s love in the sacraments, especially Reconciliation and the Eucharist.

How total and generous is my response to God’s call to me today?


Monday 2nd March

Matthew 25:31-46

“Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’” (Mt 25:34-36)

Short Reflection:

The challenge during Lent – and afterwards – is to keep our eyes open in order to see God in the most needy and to open our hearts to them by coming to their help.

What are some of the situations of suffering that I close my eyes to in the place where I live and work?


Tuesday 3rd March

Matthew 6:7-15

Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.(Mt 6:8)

Short Reflection:

The season of Lent is an appropriate time to grow in our praying habits and to taste the forgiveness of God. In moments when we are tempted not to forgive because we think that the offence is too huge to be forgiven, God’s forgiveness shows us a new way forward that liberates us from the anger or hatred that can close us in on ourselves. Forgiveness opens a way to growth in love and freedom.

What do I find most difficult to forgive in myself? In others? Let me speak to Jesus about it.


Wednesday 4th March

Matthew 6:7-15

Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.(Mt 6:8)

Short Reflection:

The season of Lent is an appropriate time to grow in our praying habits and to taste the forgiveness of God. In moments when we are tempted not to forgive because we think that the offence is too huge to be forgiven, God’s forgiveness shows us a new way forward that liberates us from the anger or hatred that can close us in on ourselves. Forgiveness opens a way to growth in love and freedom.

What do I find most difficult to forgive in myself? In others? Let me speak to Jesus about it.


Adapted from:

TEACH ME LORD, YOUR WAY! Year of Publication: 2016 (Paulines Publications Africa)

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