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Cm-2.19.12  Jonah 3. 1-10  Ps. 51. 3-4, 12-13, 18-19  lk. 2. 12-13

 

Cosmic connection:   gray, rainy skies.

 

Question of the day:  Old Testament prefiguring the new:  Are there areas of your life which reflect Nineveh in need of conversion?

 

The short story of Jonah preaching repentance,

Ending up after forty days in the walking through Nineveh

The king calls for a drastic fast having gone astray,

When God saw their hearts turning once again to him, God relented since they repented.

 

“A  humbled contrite hear , O god you will not spurn”         

Showing our sorrow for sins and shortcomings then God will not reject

Rather He shal show mercy and never cast us out of His presence we humbly accept,

Giving us a pure clean heart in which our love of god burns.

 

Jesus reminds us of the Jonah story  because Nineveh is a good example,

That Nineveh repented and gained God’s blessing,

We have One in Jesus who is far greater than the wisdom of Solomon Impressive.

We then ought to put on our sackcloth and amend our lives in gratitude  for Jesus’s gift and sample

 

 

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Cm-2.26.12   Gen. 9. 8-15  Ps. 25. 4-4, 6-7, 8-9  1st Peter 3. 18-22  Mk. 1. 12-15

Cosmic connection: once again a brilliant beautiful blue sky day.

Question of the day:  How have my Lenten choices helped me to proclaim the good news?

Forty days will come up in two ways,

Noah completes his sojourn on the water,

Jesus goes to the desert to be tempted,

We ponder how our lives might be redemptive

We are but clay in the hands of God,–the Master Potter.

 

Sometimes we feel we are stumbling or off the beaten path,

We look for guidance and the compassionate God of mercy,

Humbly knowing our sensitivity to conflict assured that of graces we are not worthy,

But then we do really know path of God’s goodness, kindness and love and baptism’s bath.

Christ suffered and so too we suffer,

That we might give good news to those imprisoned,

Never guessing that this was our path in our vision,

Trying to help one another and to alleviate suffering as a buffer.

 

Jesus goes out into the desert to be tempted,

After which he began to preach that the Kindom is at hand,

So too do we by our actions participate in God’s plan so grand,

Every time we fall we get up again and try again as we attempted.

In gratitude and praise for these marvelous forty days,

We remember that we do not live by bread alone but by the Word of God without delay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

      

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Cm-2.25.12   Is. 58. 9B-14   Ps. 86. 1-2, 3-4, 5-6   Lk. 4. 27-32

 Cosmic connection:  Blue clear skies, gorgeous brilliance

 

Question of the day:  Are you eager to do what the Lord puts in front of you obviously his will?  How does the Lord invite you?  Do you hear the imperative  or wait for another invite?

 

Isaiah once again impresses us to relieve the oppressed,

To not judge and accuse falsely,

In our personal lives we dance our particular waltz,

We choose actions and follow the way as closely as possible and the Word has expressed.

 

Everyone has their own cross to bear this Lent,

Each wishes the Lord to listen to their cries,

While we hope there is no one we really despise,

We think we are not sinners to much of An extent.

 

Jesus calls us quite directly,

With on the imperative, “Follow me”

Succinctly with no ifs, ands, or buts, come and see,

Then enjoy a meal a celebration with tax collectors and sinners correctly.

 

Jesus looks to each day for a modicum of conversion,      

That with daily sensitivity to our consciences  we might live in glorious Spirit’s immersion

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Cm-2.24.12  Is. 58. 1-9A  Ps.  51. 3-5, 5-6AB, 18-10  Mt. 9/ 14-15

 

Cosmic connection:  Clear blue magnificent skies, brilliant sun

 

Question of the day:  What is your area of justice you wish  to share with another today?

 

Jesus does not want our goodness to go on display.

Hidden acts of prayer and giving even fasting, are admired,

Nothing should be worshipped other than the One true God, entire,

My God is one of infinite compassion and mercy nothing half-way.

 

A clean heart make for me, O Lord,

Give me a willing Spirit, ready to act,

Energy and trust always attract,

A contrite and humbled heart , O Lord, pleasing you –my reward.

 

Isaiah rants about what is a fast,

Succinctly he wishes to unbind those unjustly bound,

Setting free the oppressed, loosening their yoke, not just bowing to the ground,

Adoration is done in the heart your hidden place much like the one Christ will build for you when you have passed.

 

“Seek good and not evil”

Then you will live and find the Lord within you no with  upheaval.

 

 

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Cm-2.23.12  Dt.30. 115-20  Ps. 1. 1-2, 3, 4& 6  Lk. 9. 22-25

 

Cosmic connection: Dark starry skies, clear crisp

 

Question of the day:   What does your personal cross look like? How can you be at peace with it

 

Our approach to this season seems a bit dire

We are told to consider life, gloom and doom,

Walking in the ways of the Lord making room,

Curbing our addictions, molding our desires.

 

Our hope is to be placed in the Lord,

For He shows us the way,

Meditating on the law, day and night, seeking solitude and quiet in which to pray,

Rejecting the proud and insolent, cultivating the humble we implore.

 

Jesus once again predicts his death and rising

He admonishes us to pick up our cross daily, illness, bad relationships,

And turn them into positive actions and companionship,

Learning to love without judgment, seeking…

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Cm-2.23.12  Dt.30. 115-20  Ps. 1. 1-2, 3, 4& 6  Lk. 9. 22-25

 

Cosmic connection: Dark starry skies, clear crisp

 

Question of the day:   What does your personal cross look like? How can you be at peace with it

 

Our approach to this season seems a bit dire

We are told to consider life, gloom and doom,

Walking in the ways of the Lord making room,

Curbing our addictions, molding our desires.

 

Our hope is to be placed in the Lord,

For He shows us the way,

Meditating on the law, day and night, seeking solitude and quiet in which to pray,

Rejecting the proud and insolent, cultivating the humble we implore.

 

Jesus once again predicts his death and rising

He admonishes us to pick up our cross daily, illness, bad relationships,

And turn them into positive actions and companionship,

Learning to love without judgment, seeking Gospel values our lives comprising.

 

Let us find out what is is for us to repent and still be of good cheer,

For the Kindom* is very near

 

  • I misspell Kingdom as did Elizabeth Johnson, emphasizing that we are of all one family.

 

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Cm-2.21.12   James4.1-10   Ps. 55. 7-8, 9=10A10B-11, 23   Mk. 9. 30-37

 Cosmic connection:  foggy misty skies down to the ground.

 Question of the day:  What keeps me from centering my life on Jesus?

 

My goodness James the origins of conflict?

Envy, coveting, jealousy,? In the negative way

Sort of opposites to yesterday

Peace gentleness, mercy, fruits of wisdom’s contradict.

 

When conflict arises I want to flee,

To fly away to a peaceful place,

Find solitude and serenity’s space,

Contemplate our living God Triune, One but three.

 

The Gospel on Mardi Gras Tuesday a Passion prediction

The disciples did not understand,

So Jesus places a mere child before them as if on a witness stand,

That the child might exqmple for us how to receive  Jesus and the Father our conviction.

 

Let us never boast of anythin ,

But rather in the cross of Christ as the real thing.

 

Happy Lent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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