Take 5 – February 27, 2018

Take 5 – February 27, 2018

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February 27, 2018

Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent

 

“Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future. Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” (Proverbs 19:20-21)

 

How often is it that we plan our life to go one way and God has a completely different direction for it? How many times have we been told to trust in the Lord and he will reveal your purpose? This is no easy task to give up what little control we have over our lives. Plans are comforting because you know what is going to happen. The unknown is what scares us, the thought that somehow everything you have ever wanted won’t be what you end up with in life.

This verse reminds us of the gift that silence can bring. With the Lenten season upon us, we are reminded to sit in quiet reflection with the Lord. Periods of prayer throughout your day can help to take away the worry over the future and calm us. Just sit and listen to the advice and instruction God has for you. This allows us to live in the moment and not for the future.

What is it that you are struggling to make sense of? What plan has God changed in your life? What is your scary unknown? Ask God to take away your worries and fears, to calm you. Pray to him for the strength to conquer what he has planned for you in the future instead of praying for what you want.

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  February 27, 2018 Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent   “Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future. Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” (Proverbs 19:20-21)   How often is it that […]MORE

Take 5 – February 26, 2018

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February 26, 2018

Monday of the Second Week of Lent

 

“Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.’” (Luke 6:38)

 

All I could think of, when reading the second part of this, was brown sugar. Perhaps it’s because you never put a ¼ cup of unpacked brown sugar into a recipe. Instructions always call for the brown sugar to be packed, and even better if the recipe says tightly packed. And we all know that the more you can pack into that ¼ cup, the better the final product will taste. (I’m thinking monkey bread…can I get an Amen?!)

So what is better than a packed down and still overflowing gift? Nothing. This is the way the Lord wants to shower gifts and graces upon us. This is the way that we want to receive. However, how can we expect this to be given to us, if we are unwilling to give in this same way to others?

Especially in this season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, how can we tightly pack our prayers for someone? How can we fast so that we see what we can give to others? How can we give alms in a way that overflows with the generos- ity we have been show by our Lord?

And if someone down the hall needs to borrow a cup of brown sugar, pack it tight and give a little extra. You may have a few cookies coming your way! God bless and happy 12th day of Lent, y’all!

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February 26, 2018 Monday of the Second Week of Lent   “Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.’” (Luke […]MORE

Take 5 – February 25, 2018

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February 25, 2018

Sunday of the Second Week of Lent

 

“Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah. There you shall offer him up as a holocaust on a height that I will point out to you.” (Gen. 22:2).

 

This command from God punches me in the gut every time, and it should because what He is asking Abraham to do is unthinkable. I remember how distraught my parents were when they dropped me off at college for the first time, and they were just sacrificing the time they would get to spend with me. Imagine a parent sacrificing his child’s life! I do not know how Abraham could have done it, and in fact, I do not have to know. God never actually asks Abraham to complete the command. He completely stops him before anything can happen. He does not put Abraham through that pain; He puts Himself through it.  The only child to ever be sacrificed is the Son, God’s beloved Son, whom He loves more than anyone.

God sacrifices His Only Son for us, what do we sacrifice for God? You made a promise to sacrifice something this Lent, how is that promise going? Challenge yourself to renew that promise today and to take it one step further. God gives His all to us, and we are called to do the same. How can you give all that you are back to Him?

“Take my life take all that I am. Jesus, how I adore you.”
(“Like an Avalanche,” Hillsong United)

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February 25, 2018 Sunday of the Second Week of Lent   “Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah. There you shall offer him up as a holocaust on a height that I will point out to you.” (Gen. 22:2).   This command from God punches […]MORE

Take 5 – February 24, 2018

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February 24, 2018

Saturday of the Second Week of Lent

 

“But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father.” (Mathew 5:44)

 

Loving your enemies and praying for those who persecute you may seem like a daunting task. It may even seem contrary to human nature to forgive or to turn the other cheek, but today, the Gospel reminds us that in order to be children of God, we must act as God does. We must remember that everyone is going through something that we know nothing about. As much as they may bother

us, we will never know the whole story. Just as God loves those who persecute Him, we must also love our enemies and pray for those who have wronged us.

Ask yourself who you have wronged lately. Who have you been disrespectful to or gossiped about? Say a prayer for that person. Love your enemies and strive to be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.

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February 24, 2018 Saturday of the Second Week of Lent   “But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father.” (Mathew 5:44)   Loving your enemies and praying for those who persecute you may seem like a daunting task. It […]MORE

Take 5 – February 23, 2018

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February 23, 2018

Friday of the Second Week of Lent

 

Today’s responsorial psalm is the De profundis (Psalm 130) which is prayed by Dominican friars every day all over the world. In the psalm, we pray for God to hear us and reassure him that we are waiting for him and his forgiveness. The psalm uses the idea of the “watchman for daybreak.” Al- though this idea may sound more like an Advent theme than a Lenten one, the idea of waiting on the Lord’s forgiveness is a key to the action of penance. Even though we are forgiven immediately in the confessional, sometimes sin takes much longer to lose its hold on us. In this way when we do pen- ance, there is a certain patience required. Perhaps this is why we fast for forty days rather than for one day like with the Day of Atonement in the Old Testament. There is a certain waiting necessary on the path to being at peace with God’s mercy and being free from sin. Finally, the last line of this psalm can be particularly striking throughout the whole day: “For with the Lord is kindness and with him is plenteous re- demption, and he will redeem Israel from all their iniquities.”

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February 23, 2018 Friday of the Second Week of Lent   Today’s responsorial psalm is the De profundis (Psalm 130) which is prayed by Dominican friars every day all over the world. In the psalm, we pray for God to hear us and reassure him that we are waiting for him and his forgiveness. The […]MORE