Tag: Sacrifice

Monday 13th March: What is Lent Again?

The theme of this school week is: Reconciliation. But first, what is Lent again?

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Reflection

Let’s just spend a moment in silence to reflect on what we have seen, and to listen to God.

Prayer

God who created me,
You offer me new life through your Son
and through the gift of your sacraments.
While I see new life all around me,
I don’t always recognize the new life you offer me.
Help me to grow this Lent in an awareness
of the gifts you place in my life
and in a greater appreciation for your care.
Give me the courage to ask for help. In Jesus name.

Amen.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of death. Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.
St Joseph pray for us

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Friday 10th March: Jesus’ Sacrifice

The theme of this school week is: Sacrifice.

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Scripture

“The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – St Mark 10.45

Reflection

The New Testament Greek word for ‘ransom’ (lutron) referred to money paid to free a prisoner of war or slave. It was the cost of redeeming a life; deliverance by purchase. This metaphor was popular with the Early Christian Church because it beautifully illustrated the achievement of Christ’s crucifixion by employing an everyday concept.
There are intriguing echoes of this idea in Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables. Jean Valjean was imprisoned for nineteen years for the theft of a loaf of bread and four failed escape attempts. When he is finally released on parole, he passes through Digne, but is refused all board and lodgings. Eventually, he knocks at the door of Monseigneur Myriel, the Bishop of Digne, where he is provided with excellent hospitality.
During the night, Valjean steals the Bishop’s silver cutlery and flees, but he is soon captured by three gendarmes and brought back to the Bishop. To the amazement of all, especially Valjean, the Christ-like Bishop claims that he gave the cutlery to his guest as a gift, and furthermore, he presents him with two silver candlesticks as well! This act of loving kindness frees Valjean to leave his bitterness behind and attain his true destiny.

Jesus not only paid the price of our sins for us, but He want to give as abundant blessings and life.

Prayer

Lord Jesus, as we continue our Lenten journey
We ask for the power of your Spirit
that we may become more thoughtful towards others,
more honest with ourselves and more faithful to you.
Help us to walk in your presence and grow as the people you want us to be.

Amen.

Wednesday 8th March: How to Sacrifice

The theme of this school week is: Sacrifice

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Scripture

“He emptied himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature. He humbled himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross!” – Philippians 2:7-8

Reflection

The bottom line is this: Christ voluntarily emptied Himself of anything and everything that stood in the way of us coming back to the Father.

What are we called to do? Although rights, privileges, pleasures, possessions, expectations, and well-formed plans may not be wrong in and of themselves, are we willing to hold them loosely and even let them go—to sacrifice them—if emptying ourselves of them will enable us to fulfill God’s agenda for our lives?…

Surrendering to God’s agenda may mean sacrificing our goods, reputation, comfort, convenience, and a whole list of other things we hold so tightly in our hands as well as those things we hope and plan for.

Reflecting on your own life, what are some of the things the Lord may be calling on you to sacrifice or give up in order to fulfill His will and purpose for you?

Prayer

Merciful Father,
I know that the tiny sacrifices I make this Lent
can never serve as a real penance in my life.
But help me to make my whole life
one of following your Son.
I am filled with your love.
Let your love shine out from within me
and guide my life in this sacred journey
toward the Easter joy you offer me.

Amen.

Our Father who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name;
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of death. Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.
St Joseph pray for us

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Tuesday 7th March: Sacrifice

The theme of this school week is: Sacrifice.

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Reflection

What could I give up that would help me notice what I need to adjust in my life?

How can I ‘turn down the volume’ in my life?

Prayer

Merciful Father,
I know that the tiny sacrifices I make this Lent
can never serve as a real penance in my life.
But help me to make my whole life
one of following your Son, Jesus.
I am filled with your love.
Let your love shine out from within me
and guide my life in this sacred journey
toward the Easter joy you offer me.

Amen.

Our Father who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name;
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of death. Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.
St Joseph pray for us.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.