February 4, 2018
Jesus spent time preaching, teaching and healing. He focused on the needs of others, and instructed his followers to prioritize the caring of others in their own life. Have you made this a priority in your life? Along with Christ emphasizing the need to care for others, He illustrates the need to set time aside for the Lord. Take a moment everyday to pray and reflect on what God is asking of you. This can aid in revealing His plan for you. With His direction you will be shown how your gifts can be used to care for others, spread His message, and build His Church.
February 11, 2018
Jesus’ compassion for the leper leads Him to heal the man of his ailment. It is this same compassion that leads Christ to heal each of us. His love goes beyond sympathy and shows how to truly be empathetic. His love for us is so profound that He feels our pain. He wants us to turn to Him so He can relieve this pain, and make us stronger. Are there things in your life that you currently struggle with? Jesus wants to hear about them, and He wants to help. During these times we often need assistance to understand how the Lord is directing us. In these moments one should turn to a priest or spiritual director for aid and understanding. Jesus is always with you, and desires to help you on your path. Remember you do not have to do it on your own.
February 18, 2018
It is the first Sunday in Lent and the Gospel message reminds us today that we should, “Repent, and believe in the gospel.” Jesus’ gospel message is one of love and forgiveness, and believing in this message, one should be drawn to repent. Like Jesus, we too are tempted. However, unlike Christ we often fall to these temptations. What temptations do you struggle with? Do you find yourself falling to the same temptations and struggling with the same sins? As these sins and temptations are drawn to your mind, bring them to God. Embrace the truth of forgiveness, and repent, by participating in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
February 25, 2018
During the Transfiguration Jesus reveals a truth to Peter, James, and John that they do not fully understand until his death and resurrection. This is often true in our own life. Are there moments in your faith journey that you do not understand? Is it tough to see what the Lord is trying to reveal to you, especially during times of pain and suffering? Sometimes we need to take a place of humility and recognize that we may be unable to see the fullness of God’s plan. We need to trust in the Lord and have faith that in due time all will be revealed.