Daily Reflections - 40 Day Journey with Christ

Day 1: Ash Wednesday

“...your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.” —Matthew 6:18

Today we kick off our 40 Day Journey with Christ! Lent begins with Ash Wednesday: “The act of putting on ashes symbolizes fragility and mortality, and the need to be redeemed by the mercy of God.” —Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy

Ash Wednesday Gospel Reflection
In our Gospel today, Jesus tells us to do our good deeds in secret - not to be praised or noticed. Jesus is really asking & challenging us to depend on Him and to do all things truly out of love.

3 Pillars of Lent
In the Gospel we hear about the 3 pillars of Lent: giving alms, prayer & fasting. This Lent can you begin these lasting practices?

Jesus tells us “when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing” (MT 6:3). This means that your love for God is so strong that out of love for Him, you give generously. Can you give some of your time, talent &/or treasure to your parish family and the community this Lenten Season?

Jesus tells us to pray in secret. Along with communal prayer, personal prayer maintains the authenticity of your relationship with Christ. Can you spend some extra time with Christ this Lenten Season? Our Perpetual Adoration Chapel is open 24/7! We also offer an additional daily Mass on Monday at 8:30 AM during Lent.

Finally, Jesus tells us to fast but “that you may not appear to be fasting.” (MT 6:16) Through the act of truly fasting, we become more aligned with Christ and it serves as a reminder of our dependence on God. What can you fast from this Lenten Season: social media, electronics, soda, etc? God knows what our desires are, what can we do to bring ourselves closer to Him?

I pray that you spend this 40 Day Journey with Christ seeking ways to become closer to Him & to call upon the Holy Spirit to guide you on this journey. I ask that you pray for me and our parish to do the same.

-Katie Pechin (Pastoral Asst. for Mission & Discipleship)

Day 2

Luke 9:22-25
“Jesus asked us to be selfless. If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” -5th grade

 Day 3

Matthew 9:14-15

-When Jesus was with his disciples, they didn’t have to fast because they were with Him. In the Gospel, we look at “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The day will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.” They didn’t need to mourn/fast because they were with the bridegroom, once left they mourned.  We fast to grow closer with God our Lord.  As you fast, reflect on why you are truly fasting and how you are growing closer to God during this time.

-Kaitlyn Callahan, Director Formation, Mission and Discipleship

Day 4

Luke 5:27-32

While Julianne and Jayden were listening to this passage, the first message they got was to follow Jesus which they drew in the top picture. The second message was to eat and drink with sinners or people you may not agree with. 

-1st Grade Julianne and Jayden

 Day 5

Matthew 25:31-46

Jesus tells us in our Gospel reading today that we must serve those in need. He tells us this service is an expectation of those who follow Him. His language is so abundantly clear that one should take serious note of what He tells us.
First, Jesus begins by telling us that when He comes in His glory He will separate the goats from the sheep. The goats are those who chose to do things their own way, whereas the sheep were attentive to the voice of the shepherd and followed His direction. He will invite those who followed Him into the Kingdom of His Father.
Second, Jesus tells us that we should take care of the poor and needy in the same way that we would care for Him. He tells us “whatever you did for these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”
Third, He tells us that those who decide to do it their own way will be eternally separated from Him.
What are you doing this Lent to help the poor and needy? How are you responding this demanding call of Jesus to care for the poor and needy?
-Patrick Duggins, RCIA Coordinator
Day 6
Matthew 6:7-15
“Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” - MT 6:8
Actions or Reflections
1. How they Pray
2. adding extra Pray time
3 Pray for someone special
4. Remembering that this is the prayer that Jesus thought us
- 3rd Grade Dany, Jackson, Haley, Gatlin
Luke 11:29-32
Day 7
Luke 11:29-32
"This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah." - Luke 11:29
The sign of Jonah for an evil generation
  • Old Testament version: Jonah 3:1-10
  • Do you pay careful attention to warning signs
  • Where in life are warning signs present?
  • Where in your Spiritual Life do you see these warning signs?
  • God warns us for our good - do you listen?
  • What would happen if we ignored warning signs in real life?
  • Why do they put warnings on things?
  • Why would God our Father give us these clear warnings in our own faith lives?
Let us pray together: "Lord Jesus, change my heart and fill me with your wisdom that I my love your ways. Give me strength and courage to resist temptation and stubborn willfulness that I may truly desire to do what is pleasing to you."
- Sean O’Dea, Pastoral Assistant for Youth & Evangelization 
Day 8
Matthew 7:7-12
"Do to others whatever you would have them do to you." - MT 7:12
God shows us in this passage we must give thanks to others. Examples to give thanks to others: Being nice to others, share with people, if they don’t have any friends, you could be a friend, give complements, people work for other people.
-1st Grade: Miles, Lyon and Silvia 
Day 9
Matthew 5:20-26
"...go first and be reconciled with your brother." - MT 5:24
It's a reflection of how you should always forgive and look on the other person's perspective. Not always think "that person did it". And just because someone did something bad doesn't mean they can't and shouldn't be forgiven. And just because they were bad doesn't mean they ARE bad. They did one bad thing doesn't mean they don't deserve a second chance.
-4th Grade
Day 10 
Matthew 5:43-48
"But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you..." - MT 5:44
In our world today we often hear the phrase “nobody’s perfect.” This seems to make sense because we are sinful human beings who often make mistakes daily. So why is Jesus telling us to “be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect?” Those seem like unrealistic expectations. Jesus knows that we are not perfect. When he said to be perfect, He was giving us a goal to strive for. Even though we can never match God’s perfect mercy, we can continually work toward being more merciful.
It’s easy for us to retaliate when we’re provoked, especially by those we consider to be an enemy. It’s even easier to fall into hateful thoughts driven by anger, but this is not what we should be striving for. Living our faith is not meant to be easy. God is calling us to His greatest commandment: love. Imagine a family member insulted you. Do you write them out of your life, or do you try to forgive? Oftentimes with family we are more likely to forgive. However, the reality is that we are all brothers and sisters in Christ. Why are we so willing to forgive family members but are not as willing to forgive strangers? It’s likely because we know our family members much better. We know all the good they hold in their hearts. Even though we may not know a stranger the way we know a family member, we can choose to act lovingly toward them anyway.
I challenge you today to love your enemy. Try and open your heart to see how God is working through that person. Thank them for their goodness, compliment them, or do a good deed for them. Most importantly, pray for them. Pray that God may be with them and that they might come to better know God’s love.
-Stephanie Snyder, Notre Dame ECHO Apprentice 
Day 11
Luke 6:36-38
"For the measure with which you measure
will in return be measured out to you." - Lk 6:38
The Passage is describing Jesus telling us to be merciful. He asked us to measure with love. What could you do to stop Judging?
-5th grade
Day 12
Luke 2:41-51
“They went up according to festival custom.”-Luke 2:42
Isn’t it wonderful to read the story of the Holy Family traveling to the Passover feast together as a family? Jesus’ parents hoped to experience their customs together with their child. Together as a family they would strengthen their beliefs and faith. 
Then also how special it is for us to go through this Lenten season with our families - both our immediate families and our parish family. We can support each other in our paths to find greater understanding and increased love of the Lord. 
As we travel together, may we have faith in the journey! 
-Debbie Siciliano – Parish Council 
Day 13
Matthew 20:17-28
"... the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve." - MT 20:28
The emphasis was on 1st place, that everyone gets a trophy. Everyone wants to be the most important person of the team, instead of being the one who encourages. We tend to always want to be first, want to be the leader, in sports want to be the one up to bat. But now focusing in on how we can change that and serve others. How we recommend to serve today is to sit with someone at lunch who seems to be alone. If that person doesn't have food or lunch, share your food with them, show them the love God shows us. 
-7th Grade
Day 14
Luke 16:19-31
"Abraham replied, 'My child, remember that you received what was good during your lifetime
while Lazarus likewise received what was bad; but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented." - Lk 16:25
1.      To give extra money during lent
2.      To give homeless and poor food
3.      Give up toys
Give up
1.      To donate food
2.      Donate clothes
3.      To give up the iPad
-3 grade: Marshall, Anna, Natalie, Gus and Nate
Day 15
Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46
"The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
by the Lord has this been done,
and it is wonderful in our eyes?"
Reflection on how to be a good person.
Good Person examples: Kind, helping, good friend and generous
-1st Grade, Emily, Ben, Connor 
Day 16
Luke 15:1-3, 11-32
"Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I no longer deserve to be called your son..." - LK 15:18-19
Free will is given to us by God, this makes it possible to become prodigal sons and daughters. But like the prodigal son, we must be sure of our willingness to make the confession of sin to our loving Father. Be sure of your willingness to start life anew in a very special relationship with God and that you can accept the responsibility to live in this covenant you make with God. The Lord invites us as a loving Father to confess and to amend our lives. Jesus loves you no matter what, ask and you will receive His graces.
-Steve Sullivan, Maintenance Technician
Day 17
Luke 1:26-38
"...for nothing will be impossible for God." -Luke 1:37
With God, anything is possible. God is always with you. When you feel like you can’t do something, God is with you.
-6th grade, Joey, Jade, Ryan, Armando 
Day 18
Matthew 18:21-25
"Moved with compassion the master of that servant
let him go and forgave him the loan." -MT 18:27
The main themes of the passage are patience and forgiveness. This shows us in the passage a servant was in debt and his master freed him so he would be able to repay him. Later the same servant was seen harassing another debtor. His master sent the servant to be tortured for not forgiving the debt like the master had with him. Are you the forgiving master or the harsh servant?
-9th Grade 
Day 19
Matthew 5:17-19
"But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments
will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven." -MT 5:19
Jesus is telling us that we can’t just follow the commandments. We must follow the commandments, and lead others to the faith as well. Our example of how we live must be powerful enough to attract people to God.
-Nick Page, Central Catholic Student 
Day 20 
Luke 11:14-23
During Lent, we try to get closer to God, and the last line reflects on that idea: “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.” (LK 11:23)
To receive the reward of heaven, what things can we do to get closer to God during Lent?
-8th Grade – Dominic, Charlie, Paco, Allisson, Kaden

Day 21
Mark 12:28-34
Image by: 1st Grade, Elise, Christian, Olivia 
"You are not far from the Kingdom of God." -MK 12:34
Love God with all your heart, soul, mind, understanding and strength; and love your neighbor as yourself
Meaning to us
Just as parents love their children, and would do anything to protect and help them, God loves each of His children. He is our Father and loves us unconditionally, showing mercy, providing forgiveness and offering eternal happiness. All He asks is that we love Him back. How simple it is to love someone who truly loves you.
God created us in His likeness and image, even sending His own Son as one of us. Therefore, God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit reflect from within us. We should polish and shine these reflections as well as look for them in others. As we brighten the reflection of God in ourselves, and see His reflection in our neighbor, it becomes simple to love our neighbor as ourselves and as reflections of God.
Reflection Questions
1.      How do you show your love for God?
2.      How do you show love for yourself?
3.      How do you show your love for your neighbor?
4.      What is the difference between the way you love God, yourself and your neighbor?
Reflection Exercises
1.      Close your eyes and imagine what Jesus looks like
a.      Describe Him to your group
b.      Tell the group how you feel when you see Him
2.      Look in a mirror:
a.      Tell the group what you see
b.      Can you find Jesus and what does he look like?
3.      Look at your neighbor
a.      Tell the group what your see
b.      Can you find Jesus and what does He look like?
-Sam, Denise & Tom Newton (Pastoral Council/parishioners)
 Day 22
Luke 18:9-14
"...for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled,
and the one who humbles himself will be exalted." - Lk 18:14
We need to be humble to God, when we pray or ask forgiveness and in Reconciliation He will forgive us. The Pharisee didn’t see that he might not have been serving God with his job; but the tax collector knew that he had wronged either with his job or other actions and asked for forgiveness. The tax collector prayed, the Pharisee is giving himself credit for his actions but not asking to be forgiven for his sins. When we ask forgiveness it should be with a humble heart.
-4th Grade 

Day 23

John 4:43-54

"Jesus said to him, "You may go; your son will live."
The man believed what Jesus said to him and left." - Jn 4:50

The Passage is telling us to have faith and trust in the Lord. To do this you can pray more often, attend mass every opportunity you get & go to confession.

-Having faith, trust, pray, going to mass, confession, Jesus I trust you.

-Jesus is saying you shouldn’t need a sign to believe in him and his wonders.

-People should fully trust in God and never lose hope.

-Pray to God in times of trouble and seek out his guidance.

-god should be the first person you turn to.

-9th Grade - Josie, Reagan, Katrina, Ellie, Allison, Sydney

Day 24

John 5:1-16
"Look, you are well; do not sin any more,
so that nothing worse may happen to you." - John 5:14
Today’s Gospel offers us the opportunity to reflect on the futility of trying to “fix” ourselves by our own will power. By stepping into the shoes of the man who was ‘ill for 38 years,’ we see that with God, anything indeed is possible! Jesus first asks us if we truly want to ‘be well;’ then after healing us, encourages us to ‘not sin anymore.’ Keeping our eyes on Jesus therefore, we continue our Lenten Journey, asking for those Graces necessary to truly put our trust – and total dependence – into the care of God.
-Caleb Schultz, Pastoral Assistant for Music and Worship 

Day 25

John 5:17-30
"I cannot do anything on my own;
I judge as I hear, and my judgment is just,
because I do not seek my own will
but the will of the one who sent me." - JN 5:30
Jesus healed on the Sabbath and called God His Father. The Jews were not happy about this. Jesus through the Father is always there for us 7 days a week 24 hours a day. He loves us so much. He gave us His son so we will be healed and have in him for all eternity.
-7th grade

Day 26

John 5:31-47
"You search the Scriptures,
because you think you have eternal life through them;
even they testify on my behalf.
But you do not want to come to me to have life." - JN 5:39
This passage is about how people believe in Scripture and other people more than believing in God. Jesus wanted them to believe in Him and not things of this world. How can you be disciples this Lent? Would you agree that Jesus is the light to us? How can we as disciples be the light to others?
-8th Grade Edith, Jocelyn, Grace, Emma, Claire, Erica 
Day 27
John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30
"When the Christ comes, no one will know where he is from." - John 7:27
It is the Feast of Tabernacles and Jesus enters the city quietly so as not draw attention to Himself. Still many recognize Him as the one who the Jews wish to kill. The conversation among the people raises questions. Could the authorities have recognized Him as the Christ? How could He be the Messiah, the promised one, because we know where He comes from? For the Jews believed that the Messiah’s origins would be hidden from them.
It would seem that many have not been touched by what Jesus has been teaching during His ministry, they do yet understand that he is the Messiah, they have their own idea of who the Messiah should be.
Our world today suffers from the same problem. The Word of God too often falls on deaf ears. And, even those that do hear are reluctant to follow the Word in their own lives let alone carry the Word to others. Maybe it is easier to move about in our lives quietly so as not be seen for fear that others may not accept us living out our faith life. Maybe we have our own ideas about what it means to be a disciple.
Jesus entered the city quietly so that He could continue the ministry the Father had sent Him to do. He quietly went about teaching and bringing the Good News to all who would listen.
Let us examine what makes us quiet in our faith life. Are we quiet so as not be seen as a follower of Christ, as the Disciples did at the time of Christ’s crucifixion? Or, can we truly say that we are His disciples quietly following in His footsteps, touching the hearts of those who do not yet know Christ? Are we spreading the Good News to all who will listen? 
-Deacon Mike Mescall, Our Parish Deacon
Day 28 
John 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?" - JN 7:40-41
Jesus wants us to talk to the people before you start assuming things that might not be true. He asks us to be open to what people say. What could you do to change the way people see other people?
-5th Grade 
Day 29

John 8:12-20

"I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness,
but will have the light of life." -JN 8:12

Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world” How can we show our respect to Jesus. Examples: By doing the right things, don’t sin, by praying with him.

-1st Grade - Ashley, Trey, Rachel, Thomas

Day 30

John 8:21-30

"... many came to believe in him." JN 8:30

Once you believe in God, follow him! Ask for forgiveness for your sins. Trust in God. You are never alone God is with you! You will earn a place in heaven if you live your life like Jesus.

-6th Grade - Hannah, Angelica, Jaylin 

Day 31

John 8:31-42
In this Gospel reading, the Jews, that believed in Jesus, would not accept the fact that He and God are One. They would not believe or accept that the Messiah, was among them. They are rejecting what He is telling them and making it clear that Abraham is their father. They do not have the faith that Jesus is actually God Himself and they, therefore, continue to be enslaved by sin. Jesus tells them that they are doing the works of their "father” who is actually Satan. Jesus is trying to convince them over and over that He comes from Heaven, that He is from God; that He and the Father are the same. It is He who will free them from their sinful enslavement. 
If they would only listen to Him and believe what He is telling them. “There is a way to be freed from sin forever, just believe in The One who is talking to you and follow Him. There is no other way, not even from Abraham, whom you call your "father.” Jesus is saying “Come and follow me, follow my words, believe in the Truth because it is I who is The Way, The Truth and The Life. You cannot be freed from sin any other way. Have faith and believe!”
Jesus said, “If God were your Father, you would love me for I came from the Father and I am here.” He is saying I am God and I am here among you, Again, He is trying to convince them that He and the Father are one.
The Gospel is speaking to us as well. Do we put God first in our lives and follow and serve Him or do we only give Him a thought or two once in a while? Do we serve and obey every day; are we a slave of sin too? Is Jesus a priority in our days; in our lives? When we become Jesus' disciples we are free to follow Him and know the truth because He is the Truth.
-Mary and Don Claxton, Parishioners 
Day 32

John 8:51-59

Jesus said to the Jews: "Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever keeps my word will never see death." - JN 8:51


  1. Praying to God
  2. Talking more about God
  3. Going to Church
  4. Ask more people about God

-3rd Grade – Goldie, Carter, Conor, Olivia, Matthew 

Day 33
John 10:31-42
 "And many there began to believe in him." - JN 10:42
As we are getting close to Easter, in this passage we see the conflict between the Jews and Jesus' authority. This Gospel can be used as a mirror which we can reflect on our way of living. We reflect our actions from the past, present, and future. Jesus often calls us to follow Him, and we need to act upon His word. What we need to remember is that Jesus does works of love so that we may reach our goal, Heaven. As we go about this Lenten season, let’s pray that our hearts may be made like a heart of Jesus.
Anna Lopez, Hispanic Coordinator
 Day 34
John 11:45-56
"So Jesus no longer walked about in public among the Jews,
but he left for the region near the desert,
to a town called Ephraim,
and there he remained with his disciples." - JN 11:54
Samuel 10 years old:
I would try to stop them. If I knew where Jesus was and they asked me I would say I didn’t know. It makes me sad people were trying to arrest Jesus. I wish they would’ve trusted in God and prayed to God and asked Him what to do in their situation.
Charlie 7 years old:
It makes me sad that some of the Jews were trying to arrest Jesus. I wish they wouldn’t arrest Him. If I were one of them, I would believe in Jesus and not arrest Him.
-Fassnacht Boys, Lafayette Catholic Schools 
Day 35
John 12:1-11
"Mary took a liter of costly perfumed oil made from genuine aromatic nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and dried them with her hair.." - JN 12:3
The passage talked about anointing the feet and instead of using a cloth, she used her hair. They stole money from the poor. They didn’t want a person to believe in Jesus. Miracles happen if you believe in Him.
Reflection: Why isn’t the oil of Christ given to the Lord? If you believe in me you will live in Heaven but, if you don’t, you will not have eternal life.
-6th Grade – Ruth, Hailey, Dylan 
Day 36
John 13:21-33, 36-38
"Where I am going, you cannot follow me now, though you will follow later." -JN 13:37
“We desire to follow Him, but sometimes we are tempted as Judas was tempted to turn away. Sometimes, we too will deny Him just as Peter did, and sometimes we are just as confused as His disciples were confused. Where He was going was to the cross to sacrifice Himself for all our sins.”
-7th grade
Day 37
Matthew 26:14-25
"He who has dipped his hand into the dish with me is the one who will betray me. The Son of Man indeed goes, as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed. It would be better for that man if he had never been born." - MT 26:23-24
In today’s Gospel, Judas valued earthly things more than Jesus. This Lenten season, let’s strive to make God our priority over earthly things. Where in life have you valued earthly things more than God? When do we consciously and unconsciously seek out opportunities to betray our God? How can you seek God this Holy Week? Today, try to make God your priority by praying, going to daily Mass, or volunteering.
-9th grade Ellie Chandler, Allison Tolen, Katrina Enriquez, Daisy Murillo, Declan Whalen, Drew Folkers, Henry Balagtas, Preston Padgett
Day 38
John 13:1-15
Use any chance you get to help others. Jesus said, “I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.”
Reflect on how are you going to follow Jesus during during Holy Week & after!
-8th Grade – Simon, Jack, Ryan, Alex, Matthew, Angel 
 Day 39
John 18:1-19:42
The history of salvation began with a breakdown of trust.That's what original sin was. 
  • The devil tempted Adam and Eve by making them suspicious of God. 
  • He undermined their trust in God: "Did God really tell you that you couldn't eat the fruit of these trees? You won't really die if you eat it..."
  • When they stopped trusting in God, their relationship with God was shattered. The human race was cut off from its source of happiness.
  • From that moment on, we needed a Savior. We needed someone who could reestablish communion between the human race and God.
That was Jesus' mission.
  • Christ's cross has rebuilt that shattered trust. 
  • Christ's cross is a bridge of trust that makes it possible for us to return to communion with God, the source of our happiness.
  • On the cross, Christ is trusting His Father for usin our place. He is reversing Adam's lack of trust.
That's what the mystery of the cross is all about. 
  • Jesus willingly came down to our level. He willingly allowed himself to suffer, to be subject to the power of evil and the devil.
  • And when evil made it hard for him to obey the Father's will, just as the devil had made it hard for Adam and Eve to obey the Father's will, Jesus continued to trust
  • He continued to trust and obey, in spite of the indescribable suffering he experienced.
  • As the letter to the Hebrews expressed it: "Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered..."
Christ's limitless trust in God rebuilt the bridge between us and God that Adam's lack of trust had destroyed.
That's what we mean when we say that Christ saved us by dying on the cross. My friends, this is why we call today, Good Friday!
-Fr. Ted Dudzinski, Pastor
Day 40

 Luke 24:1-12

“Remember what he said to you while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners and be crucified, and rise on the third day.”- Luke 24:6

Hope Rises, Alleluia!

Can you imagine the journey of these faithful women with Jesus? They remained with him at the foot of the cross through the darkness and dying. They stayed as His body was prepared for burial. Their hearts are broken, but they are determined to return to the tomb at daybreak and properly anoint their Master. What a powerful witness of love!

How does God enter into my darkness and lead me into His dazzling light?

God of Hope, I pray that you keep the amazement alive in our hearts by the power of the Holy Spirit and we share the love of Jesus with all we encounter like the witnesses of the faithful women and Peter running to the tomb.

-Missy Krockover, Executive Director