The "A" Cycle of Readings for Lent are some of the most powerful in the Scriptures
I thought I'd share some of my reflections from these readings. Thanks to Fr. Robert Barron for some great thoughts too.
Matthew's temptation narrative calls to mind the program of Lent, "Back to the Basics." Here are my thoughts on the purpose of Lent as revealed through the temptation narratives and the Genesis account of the fall of man. Fr. Barron gave me some good thoughts here.
In order to give the apostles hope before the cross, Jesus revealed his glory on Mount Tabor in the Transfiguration. One thing this reminds us of is that during the perilous adventure of life, God has cast joy broadly. We should never despair, even as we face the cross. Here are a few thoughts on this mystery. Thanks to Dr. Peter Kreeft for some good ideas here.
John's gospel gives the marvelous account of Jesus meeting the woman at the well. She thirsts for water and Jesus thirsts for her faith. Here are some thoughts on Jesus' promise to give living water which wells up to eternal life. The water Jesus gives is the one thing that can satisfy the infinite longing of the human heart.
The story of the man born blind speaks to the blindness which comes from sin. As Mark Shea says, "Sin makes you stupid." I run with that thought here.
Oh, and here's a little presentation I did on St. Therese of Lisieux this week.
Wow, I got a little link-happy in this post. Let us pray for one another.