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March 2014

Dwelling on the Word of God: An Unjust God? (Friday 14th March 2014)

We find God's forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation
 
Today’s Reading (Ezekiel 18:21-28):
 
‘Thus says the Lord:
  ‘If the wicked man renounces all the sins he has committed, respects my laws and is law-abiding and honest, he will certainly live; he will not die. All the sins he committed will be forgotten from then on; he shall live because of the integrity he has practised. What! Am I likely to take pleasure in the death of a wicked man – it is the Lord who speaks – and not prefer to see him renounce his wickedness and live?

Pope Francis - Your Thoughts One Year On...

 
It is exactly one year to the day that Jorge Mario Bergoglio stepped out onto the balcony of St Peter's Basilica to greet the world as Pope Francis. 
 
It has been quite a journey since that moment and the Pope has won many admirers from both inside and outside the Church.  He has also drawn criticism from people who say he is too liberal for the Church and others who don't think he is going far enough to bridge perceived divisions with certain sections of society such as the gay community.

Dwelling on the Word of God: Longing for God (Thursday 13th March 2014)

 
Today’s Gospel (Matthew 7:7-12):
 
‘Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you.  For the one who asks always receives; the one who searches always finds; the one who knocks will always have the door opened to him. Is there a man among you who would hand his son a stone when he asked for bread?  Or would hand him a snake when he asked for a fish?  If you, then, who are evil, know how to give your children what is good, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

Dwelling on the Word of God: Point to the Man on the Cross (Wednesday 12th March 2014)

He makes all things new
 
Today’s reading (Jonah 3:1-10):
 
‘The word of the Lord was addressed a second time to Jonah: ‘Up!’ he said ‘Go to Nineveh, the great city, and preach to them as I told you to.’ Jonah set out and went to Nineveh in obedience to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was a city great beyond compare: it took three days to cross it. Jonah went on into the city, making a day’s journey. He preached in these words, ‘Only forty days more and Nineveh is going to be destroyed.’ And the people of Nineveh believed in God; they proclaimed a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least.

Dwelling on the Word of God: The Lord’s Prayer and Forgiving our Neighbour (Tuesday 11th March 2014)

Today’s Gospel (Matthew 6:7-15):
 
Jesus said to his disciples, ‘In your prayers do not babble as the pagans do, for they think that by using many words they will make themselves heard. Do not be like them; your Father knows what you need before you ask him. So you should pray like this:
 
‘Our Father in heaven,
may your name be held holy,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven those who are        in debt to us.

Dwelling on the Word of God: The Legacy of our Lives (Monday 10th March 2014)

 
From today's Gospel (John 12:24-16):
 
'I tell you, most solemnly, unless a wheat grain falls on the ground and dies, it remains only a single grain; but if it dies, it yields a rich harvest.'
 
 
Jesus, in this short passage, gives us a hint of what is to come with his death and Resurrection.  It is also relevant to each of us. 
 
As we live here on earth we are only a single grain, just as Jesus says.  But when we die we have the potential to be so much more, as that grain will fall to the ground and the possibility of a harvest becomes real.

Dwelling on the Word of God: A Practical Approach to Fasting (Friday 7th March 2014)

We can help the poor by our fasting
 
From today's reading (Isaiah 58:1-9):
 
'Fasting like yours today
  will never make your voice heard on high.
Is that the sort of fast that pleases me,
  a truly penitential day for men?
 
Hanging your head like a reed,
  lying down on sackcloth and ashes?
Is that what you call fasting,
  a day acceptable to the Lord?
 
Is not this the sort of fast that pleases me
 – it is the Lord who speaks –
to break unjust fetters and

Dwelling on the Word of God: Turn to Christ in your Suffering (Thursday 6th March 2014)

 
From today’s Gospel (Luke 9:22-25):
 
'Jesus said to his disciples: ‘The Son of Man is destined to suffer grievously, to be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes and to be put to death, and to be raised up on the third day.’
Then to all he said, ‘If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross every day and follow me.’'
 
 
Jesus tells his disciples about the immense suffering he will soon endure and he invites those who want to follow him to also be prepared to suffer.

Word on Fire: Seven Ways to Observe Lent in Your Home

Read this fantastic article from Word on Fire, exploring the different ways we can observe Lent in our own homes:
 

Word on Fire: The Penitential Practices of Lent: Prepare Thee for Mighty Change

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