I was part of an RCIA team for many years, and absolutely loved the weeks which led up to the Easter Vigil initiation of our new church members. It’s always a very emotional time.
If the priest chooses, he can use three Gospel readings from Church Year A for the 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays of Lent. These are three particularly deep and powerful stories of Jesus’ ministry while on earth.
On this 4th Sunday of Lent, the RCIA reading is of the man born blind. It’s something I can related to very much this year.
Continue reading “Blind”
Right in the middle of Lent, we’re given this wonderful gift today!
Nine months before Christmas, the Church celebrates the Annunciation: the day when God sent the Angel Gabriel to Mary:
Continue reading “Annunciation of God’s presence”
Coming to her, he said,
“Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”
But she was greatly troubled at what was said
and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her,
“Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus.”
— Luke 1:28-31
A lot of our prayers seem to focus on convincing God to change His mind. But God is eternal, all-knowing, and unchanging.
God is love, and is always reaching out to help me come to Him. Whatever I pray isn’t going to change that.
So really, these prayers are about changing MY focus, my outlook, my heart.
Continue reading “Change my heart”
Our wonderful prayer to St. Joseph brings up so many thoughts about my own role in my family and the world.
Continue reading “Joseph”
Then a voice came out of the cloud and said, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen. Keep listening to him!”
— Luke 9:31 ISV
I’m pondering today this wonderful story of God’s endorsement of His Son’s work in this world. One of the things which can help bring these readings to life is to use a site (like BibleHub, in this case) which captures all the English translations in a single place.
I picked the International Standard Version here because others simply say, “Listen to him!”, or something similar. In that case, it’s signifying that Jesus will say something important.
Continue reading “Transfiguration”
I’m sure everyone struggles with their own temptations.
The devil said to Him,
“If you are the Son of God,
throw yourself down from here!”
— Luke 4:9
But when I recognize that Satan is behind these, it somehow gives me more hope.
Continue reading “Tempted by the devil”
“Can a blind person guide a blind person?
Will not both fall into a pit?”
— Luke 6:39
Boy, do I need guidance right now.
It’s a struggle sometimes, because I fall into patterns of insensitivity. Blindness.
Continue reading “Deliver us from evil”
I realize that many of my prayers are invocations. Pleading.
I often forget to be grateful for everything I’ve been given in my life. So starting with this Lent, I’ going to begin my prayers with gratitude.
It’s simple: “Thank you, Lord, for your generous love.”
Continue reading “It is good to give thanks”
I firmly believe that we’re here to help each other.
There are many times when it feels like I’m on a lonely journey, it’s about ME finding my holy path and getting to heaven. But Jesus made it clear that it’s not just about loving God, but loving each other.
Continue reading “Us”
Love your enemies and do good to them,
and lend expecting nothing back;
then your reward will be great
and you will be children of the Most High,
for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.
Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. — Luke 27:37
Blessed are those who ….
In today’s Gospel, we have the amazing Beatitudes. Some say that these are the most powerful and deep teachings of Christ, even more fundamental than miracles and forgiveness and love.
It’s hard for me to say.
Continue reading “Blessed”