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Reflection for Feb 14, 2008 - Thursday of the First Week in Lent

Seek, Knock, Ask"

Today's Mass Readings

HAPPY FEAST OF LOVE/VALENTINE'S DAY!!!

In the dramatic first reading for today, Esther along with her handmaids pray, even plead, to the LORD. Her situation, and all of Israel’s in exile is desperate. They are living under a foreign king, and one of the members of the king’s royal court has asked for their deaths. Esther and her companions hence do that which is in keeping with their formation as Jews: they fast, they don sackcloth and ashes (signs of repentance), and they beseech the LORD to rescue them. Esther’s actions here are a beautiful testimony to her loyal faith in the God of Israel. Certainly, what Esther asks of God is a big request; she asks to be saved, to have her mourning turned into gladness, her sorrow into wholeness.

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Reflection for Feb 12, 2008 - Tuesday of the First Week in Lent

"Prayer: A Three-Fold Life-Changing Experience"

Today's Mass Readings

For how many of us is prayer more like our own monologue than true dialogue with God? I know this is often the case in my own life. And sometimes this is ok. Sometimes it is sufficient to just pour out our soul to God. He is there to listen. God wants us to speak to Him. But this is not all that prayer is. Lent is a season of prayer. All liturgical seasons, by definition, are seasons of prayer. But Lent is a special season, because, like Advent, Lent is a spiritual pilgrimage. In Advent our pilgrimage is to the Nativity, to Jesus' birth. In Lent, our pilgrimage is to the Resurrection, to Easter.

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Reflection for Feb 10, 2008 - First Sunday in Lent

Good and Evil"

Today's Mass Readings

Evil! The face of evil, the presence of evil, the effects of evil, the origin of evil; these are the issues that we are faced with in today’s readings. Let us admit, life would be so much better without evil in the world. I mean imagine a day on which no one was killed, robbed, cheated, divorced, aborted, raped. Imagine a world where everyone had enough, people did not hoard things but selflessly shared, where no child dies of starvation or lack of attention. Just imagine one day when the whole world was happy!

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