Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Lent 2014

Lent 2014

  Today started Lent. Ashes were distributed at either Holy Mass or a Prayer Service. I want to first and foremost wish you all a Blessed Lent and a Holy Lenten Journey. 

   No matter what you are giving up, adding on, changing in both a physical or spiritual know that it is all for the Glory of what is to come. Lent is a journey that we take each year to remind ourselves of the sacrifice that Jesus gave and His journey in the desert. It is a time of inner reflection that I hope sheds light on the areas of my life that are in need of change or order. I myself am entering into Lent this year with a lot on my mind and my soul. Actions as of late have shown me a hard lesson that I needed to swallow and Lent will be a time of digesting that lesson. It was a ruff few days leading up to today and I will be sharing this lesson with you all in a few days. Both God and Myself drew a line in the sand and I walked that line and fell on the wrong side. I will share more in the coming days. 

    Over the next few weeks I plan on having the daily readings along with some kind of blog. I hope that your start of Lent was a blessing and that the blessings will continue on through Lent.

Until tomorrow, God Bless, and allows the transformation of Lent transform you mind heart and soul.

Thursday after Ash Wednesday
Lectionary: 220
Reading 1
DT 30:15-20
Moses said to the people:
“Today I have set before you
life and prosperity, death and doom.
If you obey the commandments of the LORD, your God,
which I enjoin on you today,
loving him, and walking in his ways,
and keeping his commandments, statutes and decrees,
you will live and grow numerous,
and the LORD, your God,
will bless you in the land you are entering to occupy.
If, however, you turn away your hearts and will not listen,
but are led astray and adore and serve other gods,
I tell you now that you will certainly perish;
you will not have a long life
on the land that you are crossing the Jordan to enter and occupy.
I call heaven and earth today to witness against you:
I have set before you life and death,
the blessing and the curse.
Choose life, then,
that you and your descendants may live, by loving the LORD, your God,
heeding his voice, and holding fast to him.
For that will mean life for you,
a long life for you to live on the land that the LORD swore
he would give to your fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”
Responsorial Psalm
PS 1:1-2, 3, 4 AND 6

R. (40:5a) Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
Blessed the man who follows not
the counsel of the wicked
Nor walks in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the company of the insolent,
But delights in the law of the LORD
and meditates on his law day and night.
R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
He is like a tree
planted near running water,
That yields its fruit in due season,
and whose leaves never fade.
Whatever he does, prospers.
R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
Not so the wicked, not so;
they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
For the LORD watches over the way of the just,
but the way of the wicked vanishes.
R. Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
LK 9:22-25

Jesus said to his disciples:
“The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected
by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
and be killed and on the third day be raised.”

Then he said to all,
“If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself
and take up his cross daily and follow me.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.
What profit is there for one to gain the whole world
yet lose or forfeit himself?”

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