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Sunday Reflection for February 14, 2016 First Sunday of Lent
Deuteronomy 26:4-10 Moses instructs the people to regard their ancestors’ history as a personal experience. Psalm 91:1-2, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15 God will guard the footsteps of the faithful and set them in high places. Romans 10:8-13 “Jesus is Lord” is the most important confession we will ever make. Luke 4:1-13 Jesus talks to the devil and the conversation makes him stronger.
Today is Valentine’s Day for lovers and World Marriage Day for couples. It’s also Presidents’ Day weekend—and the Rite of Election for those who seek to enter the church. But what all of us celebrate together today is the First Sunday of Lent. Not quite the beginning of Lent—we started the season on Ash Wednesday—but close enough for those may have missed their ashes but are ready to take the plunge into the season right now. What is Lent about? Church fathers like Peter Chrysologus ...
Lent is an annual opportunity for deep soul-searching. What have I done, and what have I failed to do, to live up to my Baptism? Yet the repentance and conversion called for in this season is a communal decision, not a private one. Together we gather to accept our ashes. Publicly, we remind our fellow citizens that life is short and fragile every step of the way. In our practices of self-denial, greater attention to prayer, and generous almsgiving, we inspire each other with the courage to go the distance these 40 days.
Today's readings:Joel 2:12-18; 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 (219).
“Gather the people, notify the congregation; assemble the elders, gather the children.”
World news in light of the Good News for Sunday, February 07, 2016
Preaching the News
» Time for a pregnant pause on alcohol– In this Sunday’s second reading, Saint Paul makes a reference to being “as one born abnormally” for having come late to the Christian cause. Every month, more than 3 million women in the United States risk having an alcohol-exposed pregnancy . . .
» Addiction epidemic requires resources– In the midst of a beatific vision, the prophet Isaiah is overwhelmed by his own brokenness, crying out, “Woe is me, I am doomed! For I am a man of unclean lips.” Those caught in the midst of an addiction can also feel overwhelmed . . .
» Will the UK stick with the EU?– The kindness of the Lord “endures forever,” the psalmist assures this Sunday. The European Union may not endure as currently constituted unless its negotiations with the United Kingdom succeed in convincing the British to stick . . .
» Toyota settles credit discrimination claim– After guiding the disciples to drop their nets to a record haul of fish, the risen Christ calmed a fearful Simon Peter by assuring him that “from now on you will be catching men.” It appears that Toyota’s financing arm ensnared minority buyers in higher priced loans than white buyers. In an agreement with federal . . .
» Homily story of the week– There are times we complain that cell phones are controlling our lives and how we would just like to get rid of them. Yet if they control us, . . .
Quote of the Week
“We have to understand: An attack on one's faith is an attack on all our faiths.”
—President Barack Obama, speaking of his concerns about anti-Muslim rhetoric Wednesday at the suburban Islamic Society of Baltimore, in his first visit to a mosque as president
A rabbi, minister, and a priest went into bar . . . we know a joke is going to follow, don’t we? We even get ready to laugh a little and reset our tension and stress a bit. That is what both good ecumenism and interfaith dialogue are also about. It can only happen when we know and are comfortable in our identity as Catholics . . . Read more...