Week of March 3, 2019

Gospel for the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time—Luke 6:39-45

“Jesus told his disciples a parable, “Can a blind person guide a blind person? Will not both fall into a pit? No disciple is superior to the teacher; but when fully trained, every disciple will be like his teacher.

Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove that splinter in your eye,” when you do not even notice the wooden beam in your own eye? You hypocrite! Remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter in your brother’s eye.

A good tree does not bear rotten fruit, nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit. For people do not pick figs from thornbushes, nor do they gather grapes from brambles. A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good, but an evil person out of the store of evil produces evil; for from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.”

Sunday
As you prepare for Lent, how might this passage give you some guidance?
Spend some quiet moments reflecting on putting anything of Jesus’ message into practice.
Where does that lead you?

Heritage word—“The word of God challenges us to action. . .”
(Sr. Mary Delores, 12th Provincial of the Toledo Province)

Monday

“Jesus told his disciples a parable, “Can a blind person guide a blind person? Will not both fall into a pit? No disciple is superior to the teacher; but when fully trained, every disciple will be like his teacher.”

What in this question of Jesus “stops you in your tracks”?
Sit with that a bit.
To what does it call you?

Heritage word—“Journeying deeper into our God experience we discover that God is love.”
(Sr. Mary Kristin, 10th Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

Tuesday

“Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove that splinter in your eye,” when you do not even notice the wooden beam in your own eye? You hypocrite! Remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter in your brother’s eye.

A good tree does not bear rotten fruit, nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit. For people do not pick figs from thornbushes, nor do they gather grapes from brambles. A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good, but an evil person out of the store of evil produces evil; for from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.”

What in the message here makes you pause?
Give yourself some pause time to reflect on Jesus’ words.
How do those words usher in a new Season for you?

Heritage word—“Prayerfully reflecting on the daily Lenten Scripture readings, and perhaps sharing the fruits of my prayer with others, may bring about change in myself, in my community/family and in the world.”
(Sr. Mary Delores, 12th Provincial of the Toledo Province)

ou can pray in secret.
To what does God seem to be calling you to in light of conversion?

Heritage word—“Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter. Christ’s victory over death. This season urgently calls us to conversion.”
(Pope Francis)

 

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