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Do It Yourself Lent: March 31

March 31st, 2012 Posted in Catechetical Corner

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Sunday Scripture: The hour has come, how will it change you?

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Readings for April 1, Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Isaiah 50:4-7;  Philippians 2:6-11

Mark 14:1-15:471

 

Palm Sunday and as every year we listen to the Passion of Jesus read at Mass. Do we really hear it? Sometimes I think if we really heard and understood these words we would be tempted to rate it “R” based on the violence and brutality. It certainly wouldn’t be deemed appropriate for children.

And yet we read and listen, sometimes with an air of boredom because it’s so familiar. So let’s take some time this week to reflect deeply on this Gospel message.

In the crucifixion, Jesus was humiliated, shamed, abandoned, betrayed, tortured, and brutalized. We might have experienced some of these situations like humiliation or shame, but the torture and brutalization? This was a time of extreme cruelty, not comparable to what most of us can imagine. Even the Apostles could not imagine what Jesus was saying when he told them he would suffer and die. Jesus tried to warn them, “All of you will have your faith shaken,” but they did not understand. Read more »

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Do It Yourself Lent: March 30

March 30th, 2012 Posted in Catechetical Corner

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Do It Yourself Lent: March 28

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Do It Yourself Lent: March 27

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Do It Yourself Lent: March 26

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Do It Yourself Lent: March 24

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Sunday Scripture: Only by dying to self can we live in Christ

March 23rd, 2012 Posted in Catechetical Corner

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Readings for March 25, Fifth Sunday in Lent

Jeremiah 31: 31-34; Hebrews 5:7-9;

John 12:20-33

Today’s Gospel marks a momentous turning point in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. Numerous times in John’s Gospel leading up to this point we hear it said that Jesus’ “hour has not yet come,” or words to that effect.  For instance, when the Blessed Mother tells him at the wedding feast of Cana that “they have no more wine,” Jesus responds, “Woman, what is that to me?  My hour has not yet come.”

When an angry crowd tried to lay hands on him in the Temple during the Feast of Tabernacles, he passed through their midst because “his hour had not yet come.”

Now, however, Jesus states that his hour has come, “The hour has come for the Son of man to be glorified,” and a few verses later, “Yet what should I say? Father, save me from this hour?” What is Jesus’ hour?

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Do It Yourself Lent: March 23

March 23rd, 2012 Posted in Catechetical Corner

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Do It Yourself Lent: March 22

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