Here are three resources to deepen your Lenten experience: WORD ON FIRE: Mary Ann Dowd and others recommend Father Robert Baron's daily Lenten meditations at this link . (The sign-up link is towards the bottom of the page.) IGNITING OUR VALUES: The Jesuits offer “Igniting our Values,” a Lent 2015 digital prayer experience beginning on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 18, through Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015. Each evening, material for the following day’s prayer will be posted at this web site . BEST LENT EVER: Don and Kathy Geiger recommend "Best Lent Ever" as a source of renewal at this web site . NEW! LIVING LENT DAILY: From Loyola Press, a series of short videos to inspire your journey through lent. Find it at this web site .
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Like many of you, we read the "Word Among Us" reflections. Often they give exactly what is needed, sometimes a particular day really hits on something or helps in our discernment. The readings at the end of January focused on the work of evangelization. They included the call, "Jesus went up to the mountain and summoned those whom he wanted, and they came to him. Mk 3:13"; "Come after me and I will make you fishers of men.Mk 1:17 "; the method, "God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control.2 Tim 1:7 "; "The sower sows the word."Mk 4:14; "Anyone who has ears to hear ought to hear."Mk 4:23; "The seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how.Mk 4:27 "; and the best reality of the best news...God loves us. "The one who had made the promise was trustworthy.Heb 11:11" The reflections on two days really made me think..."did a Cursillista write this
Are you a carrot, an egg or a tea bag? Think about that for a moment. We’ll come back to it later. We read in Mark's Gospel that in the synagogue in Capernaum “all who looked on were amazed.” How many times in the Gospels do we hear that the people who listened to Christ’s teachings and or witnessed his miracles were “amazed?” Just what does that mean? Have you ever watched a magician and wondered “How did he do that”? Did you stand there with your mouth open in total shock? Being amazed by something is like looking at beautiful fireworks. We say, “Ooh” and “Ahh” when we see it; but when it’s over we walk away just the same as we were before. These people in today’s Gospel were very much like that. They loved to hear the words of Jesus, to see His miracles, but they didn’t change the way they lived or the way they thought. Contrast that with the Blessed Mother. The Gospel tells us in numerous places that “Mary pondered these things in her heart.” She listened to the me