Sundays in Lent – Wednesday of Holy Week

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Today’s journal prompt comes from the Liturgical Press publication, Daily Reflections for Lent: Not by Bread Alone 2018 by Michelle Francl-Donnay:

Her meditation for Saturday, March 24:

“As the long season of Lent turns toward Holy Week and Easter, stop with G-d to take stock of where you have been. Where has your heart been opened? What Scriptures have spoken to you most clearly? What are you still clinging to that you wish to leave behind?”

Sundays in Lent – Tuesday of Holy Week

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In you, O Lord, I take refuge; 

let me never be put to shame. 

In your justice rescue me, and deliver me; 

incline your ear to me, and save me.

I will sing of your salvation.

Psalm 71:1-2

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this responsorial psalm before. It was one of the first that I randomly read when I began to visit the church. It holds a special place in my heart, and was one of the things that saved me from crisis.

Meditate on these two verses, and while you are with G-d, see how they apply to your life, and your relationship with Him.

Sundays in Lent – 5th Tuesday

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Wait for the Lord; be strong; be stouthearted, and wait for the Lord! Ps 27 (26):14

Psalm 102 (or Psalm 17) R. O Lord, hear my prayer, and let my cry come to you.


Meditate on these two verses. What are they saying to you? The second one was something I found comfort in at the beginning of my journey towards Christ. It still feels melancholy to me. Is it that way to you or does it feel differently?

Sundays in Lent – 4th Tuesday

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Reading: John 5:1-16

“Do you want to be well?”

“Rise, take up your mat, and walk.”

When I began visiting church I hadn’t realized that it was during Lent. I had a vague notion since it was right before Easter, but I wasn’t marking my days by the litrugical calendar as I do now.
One of the things I really love about history is that it’s historical. It happened. And for religious history, being Jewish, not only did it happen there, but it happened first. I’ve always been enthralled by my connection to the chosen people.

I remember reading for the first time about the discovery of the five porticos and how it was the place – the pool of Bethesda. I didn’t know the significance, but whatever had happened, happened there, and there existed.

I wasn’t told in words to take up my mat, but when I felt the words’ meaning, I was changed.

Read about the pool and the history. What are your meditations on this place, and your own healing?

Sundays in Lent – 3rd Tuesday

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Read the Psalm for today’s readings and meditate on what it is saying and asking of you by way of compassion and kindness. I think that we all could use more of both in our lives, and this psalm is perfect for a reminder of that, and a way to include G-d in how you go about your day with more kindness and compassion.

Psalm 25

Remember your mercies, O Lord.

Your ways, O LORD, make known to me;
teach me your paths,
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my savior.

R. Remember your mercies, O Lord
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Remember that your compassion, O LORD,
and your kindness are from of old.
In your kindness remember me,
because of your goodness, O LORD.

R. Remember your mercies, O Lord
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Good and upright is the LORD;
thus he shows sinners the way.
He guides the humble to justice,
he teaches the humble his way.

R. Remember your mercies, O Lord.