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Lenten Reflection for Wednesday of Holy Week

April 16, 2014
WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK

Isaiah 50:4-9A * Matthew 26:14-25

Jesus faces the betrayal of a friend, which sends him into the hands of his enemies. When Judas offers to betray Christ, he asks the chief priests, “What will you give me?” It is often easy to focus on what others can give to us, and lose sight of their inherent value. This type of selfishness objectifies others and places their worth in what they can do for us.

Judas sold Christ for thirty pieces of silver. Christ became nothing more than an object traded for money to Judas. When we approach Christ with an attitude of demanding something for ourselves, we will turn away from him as soon as following him becomes difficult. We will be easily swayed by offers of affection, comfort, or financial gain, as Judas was. Christ has already given himself to us through his incarnation, suffering and death on the cross, and in the Eucharist. He should be approached not with demands, but with gratitude and love.

  • Have I betrayed Christ in any way? What was I seeking instead of Christ?
  • Do I approach Jesus with a thankful heart? How has Jesus given himself to me?

Annette Denton
Class of 2014
Master of Public Service and Administration

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St. Mary’s Catholic Center will post a daily reflection from a student, former student, or staff member every day of Lent. We have compiled these reflections into a handout, given to our students on Ash Wednesday.

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Christ empowers us to be missionaries, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Oct 16, 2013 / 04:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis continued his reflections on the Creed, drawing attention to the Church’s apostolic nature and Jesus’ invitation to spread the gospel.

“Dear Brothers and Sisters: In the Creed, we profess in faith that the Church is ‘Apostolic,’” the Pope told the thousands gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his Oct. 16 general audience.

The Holy Father stressed that the apostolic character of the Church has remained unbroken throughout history. Beginning with Peter and the twelve Apostles, the chain of those who transmit the faith has continued until today, and will continue until the end of time, he urged.

Pope Francis lauded the Church’s meticulous care for and transmission of Christ’s teaching in its entirety, rather than in bits and pieces – highlighting also the first apostles’ faithfulness to Jesus’ commandment to go and baptize all nations.

“The Church is apostolic because Jesus founded her upon the Apostles whom he chose and sent forth to continue his work,” he noted.

“Thus Saint Paul compares the Church to a temple which has the Apostles as its foundation and Christ as its cornerstone,” he said, reflecting on the Apostle’s letter to the Ephesians.

“The Church is also apostolic because she preserves and hands down the fullness of Christ’s teaching and the means of salvation which he instituted.”

Pope Francis concluded his reflections by highlighting a third aspect of the Church’s apostolic nature in that “she accomplishes in history the mission which Christ entrusted to the Apostles: making disciples of all nations, baptizing them and teaching them his commands.”

The pontiff then extended his greetings to all of the pilgrims present, who included many from England, Scotland, Denmark, Norway, Israel, Ghana, Nigeria, Australia, China, Japan, Korea, Trinidad and Tobago, Canada and the United States.

“May we come to appreciate and love the Church as the place where we encounter the Risen Lord,” urged the Pope, “who sends us forth as his missionaries, inviting all whom we meet to know the truth of the Gospel, the joy of faith and the promise of eternal life proclaimed by the Apostles.”

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Photos of Pope Benedict

It’s nice, isn’t it, that on the Feast of St. Gregory the Great, the magnificent Benedictine Pope, the liturgical and ecclesiastical reformer, we catch a glimpse of the Pope Emeritus, to whom these verses from the hymn to St. Gregory, Anglorum iam Apostolus, equally apply.

From riches and from wealth
you turned.
The glory of the world you
spurned,
That you might follow, being
poor,
Prince Jesus, who was poor
before.

This Christ, High Pontifex,
decreed
That you would take His
Church’s lead,
And learn St. Peter’s steps to
tread:
The rule of all called in his
stead.


You wondrously solved riddles
deep:
The mystic secrets Scriptures
keep,
For Truth Himself has taught
you these:
The lofty sacred mysteries.

O Pontifex, our leader bright,
The Church’s honor and its
light,
Through dangers let them all
be brought,
The ones you carefully have taught.

 

The unborn Father let us
praise,
And to His Son like glory
raise,
And to their Equal, majesty.
All glory to the Trinity.
Amen.

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Lenten Reflection for Monday, February 25

St. Mary’s put together a Lenten reflection booklet which we handed out on Ash Wed. in order to have a daily reflection on the Mass readings for the day. Most of the reflections were written by students (a few by staff). Here is today’s reflection:

February 25, 2013
Monday of the Second Week of Lent

Daniel 9:4b-10 * Luke 6:36-38

In today’s Gospel, Christ calls us to an impossible life of love. We hear his command “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.” We are to give and to forgive even as God does. Yet we are human, poor and weak in so many ways. Can we give as God gives? Can we be merciful as he? We cannot hope to match him, yet this is his Son’s command.

We must remember what it means for us to give and to forgive in God’s name. Christ tells us “give, and it will be given to you,” but his meaning goes far beyond a “tit-for-tat” way of interacting with the world. Our giving is not a mere exchange, expecting a return from God, but a response of gratitude to God’s first gift to us. Whatever we have to give others is itself a gift from God. We might extend Christ’s command as “give, for it has been given to you”–the gift is already offered us; a good measure is already, constantly being poured out to us by God. When we give, it is God’s gift that we share; when we forgive, it is God’s forgiveness of us that we allow to spill over. We give, because he first gave, and because we trust that he will give again. Our mercy and self-giving is joined to the Divine Mercy, and our true reward, eternal life united with God, is brought closer in the act itself.

Have I taken time lately to thank God for his abundant blessings to me?

What gifts has God given me that I can put at the service of my neighbor today?

A.D.

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