Daily reflection

March 2020

Mar 27

Saturday, 4th Week in Lent - In Awe of Jesus

Gospel (Jn 7, 40-53) Some in the crowd who heard these words of Jesus said, "This is truly the Prophet." Others said, "This is the Christ." But others said, "The Christ will not come from Galilee, will he? Does not Scripture say that the Christ will be of David's family and come from Bethlehem, the village where David...
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Mar 26

Friday, 4th Week in Lent - The Temptation with Familiarity

Gospel (Jn 7:1-2, 10, 25-30) Jesus moved about within Galilee; he did not wish to travel in Judea, because the Jews were trying to kill him. But the Jewish feast of Tabernacles was near. But when his brothers had gone up to the feast, he himself also went up, not openly but as it were in secret. Some of the inhabitants of Jerusalem said,...
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Mar 25

Thursday, 4th Week in Lent - The Testimony of the Works of God

Gospel (Jn 5, 31-47) Jesus said to the Jews: "If I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is not true. But there is another who testifies on my behalf, and I know that the testimony he gives on my behalf is true. You sent emissaries to John, and he testified to the truth. I do not accept human testimony, but I say this so that you may be...
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Mar 24

Tuesday of 4th Week in Lent - Paralyzed by Sin

Gospel (Jn 5, 1-16) There was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem at the Sheep Gate a pool called in Hebrew Bethesda, with five porticoes. In these lay a large number of ill, blind, lame, and crippled. One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew...
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Mar 20

Saturday of 3rd Week in Lent - Letting Go of Pride

Gospel (Lk 18, 9-14) Jesus addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else. "Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector. The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, 'O God, I thank you that I am not like...
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Mar 19

Friday of 3rd Week in Lent - Don’t Wait to Accomplish the Greatest Act!

Gospel (Mk 12, 28 - 34) One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him, "Which is the first of all the commandments?" Jesus replied, "The first is this: Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The...
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Mar 18

Feast Day of St. Joseph

Most of us affirm our faith in God and trust Him that He loves us, cares for us and never forgets us. We do this with great ease when the circumstances in our lives are moving smoothly, when everything is in place and going in our favor. But life as we all know is not always beautiful and rosy. When we are in deep sorrow, frustrated and we feel...
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Mar 17

Wednesday of 3rd Week in Lent - The Timing of God

Gospel (Mt 5, 17 - 19) Jesus said to his disciples: "Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place....
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Mar 16

Tuesday of 3rd Week in Lent - Forgiving and Being Forgiven

Gospel (Mt 18, 21 - 35) Peter approached Jesus and asked him, "Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?" Jesus answered, "I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times. That is why the Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who decided to settle accounts with his...
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Mar 13

Saturday of 2nd week of Lent - A Father’s Unwavering Love

Gospel (Lk 15, 1-3; 11-32) Tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus, but the Pharisees and scribes began to complain, saying, "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them." So to them Jesus addressed this parable. "A man had two sons, and the younger son said to his father, 'Father, give me the share...
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Mar 12

Friday of 2nd week in Lent- Rejection Transformed

Gospel (Mt 21, 33-43; 45 - 46) Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people: "Hear another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a hedge around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a tower. Then he leased it to tenants and went on a journey. When vintage time drew near, he sent his servants to the...
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Mar 11

Thursday of 2nd week of Lent - True Riches

Gospel (Lk 16, 19-31) Jesus said to the Pharisees: "There was a rich man who dressed in purple garments and fine linen and dined sumptuously each day. And lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who would gladly have eaten his fill of the scraps that fell from the rich man's table. Dogs even used to come and...
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Mar 10

Wednesday of 2nd week of Lent - The Life of Sacrifice

Gospel (Mt 20, 17 - 28) As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the Twelve disciples aside by themselves, and said to them on the way, "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death, and hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and...
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Mar 6

Saturday of 1st Week of Lent - The Call to Perfection

Gospel (Mt 5, 43 - 48) Jesus said to his disciples: "You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. 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, and causes rain to fall on...
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Mar 5

Friday of 1st week of Lent - Being Real, Being Honest, Being Sincere

Gospel (Mt 5, 20 - 26) Jesus said to his disciples: "I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven. "You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment. But I say to you, whoever is angry...
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Mar 5

Thursday of 1st week in Lent - Ask, and All Good Things Will Be Given You

Gospel (Mt 7, 7-12) Jesus said to his disciples: "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. Which one of you would hand his son a stone when he asked for a loaf of...
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Mar 2

Tuesday of 1st week of Lent - Forgiving Others and Being Forgiven

Gospel (Mt 6, 7 - 15) Jesus said to his disciples: “In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him. “This is how you are to pray: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be...
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Mar 1

Monday of 1st week of Lent - Serving Christ in Others

Gospel (Mt 25, 31 - 46) Jesus said to his disciples: “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the...
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