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)
“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
-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
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
- 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?
"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
"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
"... 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
Jesus said to the Jews: "Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever keeps my word will never see death." - JN 8:51
- Praying to God
- Talking more about God
- Going to Church
- Ask more people about God
-3rd Grade – Goldie, Carter, Conor, Olivia, Matthew
- 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.
- 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 us, in our place. He is reversing Adam's lack of trust.
- 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..."
“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