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Entering Into Holy Week

Today we begin the most holiest week of all weeks, Holy Week. This is the week, in which we Catholics and Christians remember the victorious saving actions of Christ, through his death on the cross and his resurrection to new life. It is this week that we journey to the cross of Christ, contemplating the mystery of the Cross and what it holds for us. It is through Christs death that God saved his people, shattered human limitations and proved the glory of his plan. 

      With the entire Church around the world, we celebrate today the welcoming of Christ into Jerusalem. He enters into the great city riding the simplest animal, a donkey so as to fulfil the scripture. As Jesus enters he is greeted with a crowed of people waving palms and lying their cloaks on the ground in front of him. They cheered with joy saying, " Hosanna... Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord." It is this same cheering crowed that will shortly switch their joyful cry  of "Hosanna"…

Loving God and Our Neighbour

"Jesus answered, " The first is this, "Hear O Israel: the Lord Our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your Soul and with all your mind, and with all your strength, the second is this, ' You shall love your neighbour as yourself." 
Mark 12: 29-30
     In this passage Jesus is responding to the scribes who had come to Jesus saying, " Which commandment is the greatest?" Jesus then sums up the Commandments into these two. Which are by far easier said than done. The Ten commandments are split up into two sections: Our relationship with God and our relationship with others. So Jesus sums it up as, " Love God with everything you are, and treat others the way you want to be treated. Our Lenten journey is a journey to follow these rules. Each day we are challenged to love God and to love others. Jesus is our guide on this journey to truly live these words. While on earth, Jesus' life was filled with…

" I am the Resurrection and the Life... Do you Believe this?"

This is the last week of lent before Holy week and the Pascal Triduum. The third and  final scrutiny we hear from today is the beautiful resurrection of Lazarus from the dead. Throughout Lent, we have heard in these scrutinies Jesus is educating his disciples of a new nature of  whom he is. Todays gospel is no different. Jesus boldly states, " I am the resurrection and the life." 
    When Martha first hears that Jesus has arrived she runs to greet him and gets mad at him. "Lord if only you had been here..." Martha had just lost her brother, and begins to blame Jesus for his death, and for the pain that she is experiencing. At times, we to can blame the Lord. When things don't go the way we want them to, or life becomes really stressful and hard begin to question the Lord and deeply contemplate why the Lord would put us through this. 
     The key points isn't the actual healing, but rather, the conversion and teaching that happens to different people.…

Lord, I Cry To You...

Lord, I cry to you for help;  you, Lord are my protector; you are all I want in this life.
Psalm 142: 5

Prayer for Help

I call on the Lord for help; I plead with him.  I bring him all my complaints; I tell him all my troubles. When I am ready to give up,  he knows what I should do. In the path where I walk, my eneimies have hidden a trap for me.  When I look beside me, I see that there is no one to help me"  Help me O Lord in my distress. 
Psalm 142-1-4

The Great Servant

"Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant and whoever wants to be first must be your slave- just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."  Matthew 20: 26-28
     Following Christ is not something that will make us a great king, or the greatest queen. Following Christ however, is humbling and heart opening. Jesus Christ did not build Gods Kingdom on earth through a dictatorship. Rather he showed Gods kingdom through his actions of service. Service is the heart of following Christ. Jesus` Goal was to make "healed servant." These are people who were lost, broken, and confused and transformed into serving people. When St Peters Mother in law was sick and Jesus healed her, she began to serve them. We to are healed servants. We must freely give ourselves to the service of others. Lent especially is a time when we should freely give ourselves to others. At the end of lent, during the Holy Tri…

I Once Was Blind....

Today we celebrate Laetare Sunday, or Rejoice Sunday.  'Laetare'  come from the latin word for rejoice. It is laetare Sunday because the first word of the opening antiphon is 'rejoice Jerusalem." This past Thursday marked the half way point of lent, and so in the past they would always rejoice, and to refocus their hearts on this Lenten journey because the Passion of Christ was to happen soon, However, they moved the celebration to the Sunday for the whole church to celebrate. Advent as it's counter part Gaudete Sunday, in which the purple begins to fade into rose and then into white at Christmas and Easter.

     Todays optional Gospel, is of the Man born blind. This Gospel is rich in beauty and gives a glimpse of the nature of Christ and how he works. Compared to the overall length of the Gospel, the actual physical healing of the man happens fairly quickly and then if broken down into different encounters with people and how they react to the healing.


Prayer of Protection

Lord, place a guard at my mouth and another at the door of my lips.  Keep me from wanting to do wrong and from joining evil people in their wickedness.
Psalm 141: 3-4

Prayer of Humble Trust

Lord, I have given up my pride and turned away from my arrogance.  I am not concerned with great matters or with subjects to difficult for me.  Instead, I am content and at peace.  As a child lies quietly in its mother's arms, so my heart is quiet within me.  I trust in the Lord now and forever
Psalm 131: 1-3

The Transforming Water

The first lesson that is taught to those kids preparing for Confirmation (in our program)  is the importance and usage of water in the church and outside of the church. To get the children thinking, we always begin with the question, "How do we use water?"  All the children put up their hands wanting to answer this question. "Cooking! Bathing! Washing! Watering our Garden!" are all normal answers that they give. Only one kid every year will answer right away with Baptism!

     Todays Gospel is of the Women at the well and her encounter with Jesus. (All depends if there are people going through the RICA program) The gospel tells us of the conversation of this sinful Samaritan. During their conversation we hear that this women has been with five different husbands, and is living with one unlawfully. This made her a sinful person according to the law and was most likely  seen in that way. Another sign that points to this is that she goes at noon and by herself. A…

A Prayer For Help

From the depths of my despair I call to you Lord. Hear my cry, O Lord; listen my call for help!  If you kept a record of our sins, who could escape being condemned?  But you forgive us, so that we should stand in awe of you!  I wait eagerly for the Lords help, and in his word I trust....  Trust in the Lord because his Love is constant and he is always willing to save.  He will save his people from all their sins! 
Psalm 130:1-8

"Listen to Him"

In a world surrounded by noise and screaming messages, silence seems like a mission impossible. The sounds of city streets, the loud music playing in the background, the noise from kids, all make silence truly impossible. Just like the external noises, our hearts to can become noisy and distracted. So many different things are tugging at our hearts, the things that confuse our hearts (and our minds) from seeing and hearing the true message. Lent is a time for us to gather ourselves and to sort out the noise in our heart. Through this Lenten season we are challenged to listen to Christ in our hearts. If it is muting our lives for a moment, and just taking time to pray to him.

Prayer.  In prayer we truly listen to him, and he truly listens to us. Our journey to the cross is not an easy one, and neither is life. But through constant prayer we can become closer to God, given the strength to turn away from sin, and feel an effective change in our lives.

Will you pray today?

The Journey of Transformation

We currently live in a society that preaches, "Yolo" (you only live once.) I don't know where to begin with  the amount of things wrong with this 'slogan.' Mainly, the idea of yolo, is to to whatever you want to, to live the way you want to live, and to reject things that restrict you from living your one life. Sounds pleasant right? Indeed it does, but the problem is that their is no place for God in this kind of life style. Now the society we live in (in the west) is a secular society, one sadly without God. Our current society tells us to be free, and not be constrained by rules, because rules are an obstacle to living the way you want to. 
    Every Second week of Lent, the church celebrates the transfiguration of Christ. This reading from the Gospel, is one of the more consistent throughout the three synoptic Gospel writers. This weekend is another day when Christ is identified by God, and made know to the people  Jesus is transformed into his true divi…