Lent

New Lenten Series! – Sons and Daughters of God

New Lenten Series! – Sons and Daughters of God

Throughout the ages, the forty days of Lent have been a season of focused and intentional devotion. Often those devotions have been centered on Jesus’ own forty day sojourn in the wilderness just after his baptism and before his ministry. Would you join us this year as we offer five meditations, one each Monday in Lent, taken from Luke’s account of the baptism, temptation, and beginning ministry of Jesus (Luke 3:21-23,36b-38, 4:1-21)? I am confident that, if you do, you will gain real insight into you own life, your own ministry, and your own challenges to live out your calling. As Kathleen has written:

“The same Spirit that declared his Sonship at baptism and then drove him into the wilderness for testing is the same Spirit that drove him to Galilee and anointed him for this ministry of healing, liberation, and redemption. And it is the same Spirit that we, ourselves, receive at Baptism when, in Christ, we too are made into sons and daughters of God.”

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A Driving Passion – John 7

A Driving Passion – John 7

I know how often I have failed to make sure the lesson was his and not mine and how often it was my glory, and not his, which I have sought. I know how often my delight has not been to do his will. Perhaps I can excuse this by saying that, after all, he is Jesus and I certainly am not; but I don’’t think so. Jesus is the man I was meant to be, but by God’s grace, can be. I was meant to be that man who says, ““I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart”.” And so were you.

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An Unlikely Example – Luke 16

An Unlikely Example – Luke 16

The message is clear: we can either be driven by our devotion to mammon—that is, material possessions—which will inevitably fail, or store for ourselves treasures that do not fail in eternal habitations by giving it away. In neither case are the possessions ever really ours. They are entrusted to our care and our stewardship of them is a mark of our faithfulness to the Master.

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On Prodigals and Penance – Luke 15

On Prodigals and Penance – Luke 15

The importance of Lent cannot be forgotten, especially in this context. We must do penance before the Lord this season and return to Him. It is a time for all of us to come closer to the Lord through simple penance—penance that is not a mere demonstration of obedience, but a giving of the self to Him. We give of ourselves seeking only His presence in return.

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