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Lent Reflections 2019

Friday of the Second Week of Lent

By Noudjitoloum Théodore SJ

Gn 37:3-4.12-13a.17b-28
Ps 104 (105): 4a.5a.6, 16-17, 18-19, 20-21
Mt 21:33-43.45-46

The readings of today invite us to get rid of jealousy or lust, in order to enter into a dynamic of accommodating and loving of others. The first reading points out that Jacob’s preferential love for his son, Joseph, arouses jealousy and the murderous conspiracy of his other sons. Hence, this lust blinds their hearts and annihilates their ability to truly love (Gn 37: 4).

Thursday of the Second Week of Lent

Fr Loïc Mben, SJ

Jr 17:5-10
Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4.6
LK 16:19-31

The text of the rich man and Lazarus is a very familiar setting for us in our cities where opulence and misery mingle. In such an environment poverty and the poor are part of the furniture and their presence ends up not arousing in us any reaction. One can become insensitive as the rich of the parable whose dogs show much more compassion. And yet it only takes a few efforts.

Wednesday: Second Week of Lent

Edilbert A. Ranoarivony, SJ

Jr 18:18-20
30 (31), 5-6, 14, 15-16)
Mt 20:17-28

Dear Brothers and sisters,

“You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and the great ones make their authority over them felt. But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave.”

Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Yakanni Jean Fabrice, Sch. P

2 S 7:4-5a.12-14a.16
Ps 88:2-3, 4-5, 27.29
Rm 4:13.16-18.22
Mt 1:16.18-21.24a

On this day when we celebrate Saint Joseph the husband of Mary, the Holy Church invites us to open a parenthesis in this time Lent to celebrate the bridegroom of Mary. Thus, the text of the Saint Matthew helps us to discover the person and the great role played by Saint Joseph. Indeed, no gospel mentions neither the deeds, nor the words, nor the death of the adoptive father of Christ.

Monday of the Second Week in Lent

Guy GANGNON, Sch. P

Dn 9:4-10
Ps 78 (79): 5a.8, 9, 11.13ab
Lk 6:36–38

“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” (Lk 6:36). That is the imperative we have been addressed. My dear Christian friends, in our march towards Easter, we are on this day invited in a special way to imitate our Heavenly Father by being merciful. Jesus reveals the logic of the kingdom, which is that of the sons of a merciful father, who forgives, does not judge, does not condemn and gives without measure.

Second Sunday of Lent

Gn 15:5-12, 17-18

Ps 27:1, 7-8, 8-9, 13-14.
Phil 3:17—4:1 (or Phil 3:20—4:1)
Lk 9:28b-36

There are different stories of exactly how God’s pact with Abraham (or Abram) was made. There is no doubt that it was a promise of lasting protection for Abraham and his descendants. This version takes the form of an ancient sacral covenant, of a kind known from other ancient Near Eastern sources. The offerings are cut in half, and the parties making the pact pass between the halves, as a symbol that they will observe the pact faithfully until the two halves come together again.

Saturday of the First Week of Lent

Eyrah Foli, SJ

Deuteronomy 26:16-19
Psalms 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8
Matthew 5:43-48

Jesus is straightforward in his message to us today. He asks us to be perfect like God in all things and, for me, in the act of loving my “enemies.” As I reflect on the Gospel, I come to the realization that I have become a judge and quick to place a sentence on people because I feel that I am better than them. My ego makes it difficult for me to love everyone because I feel certain people do not merit to be love, either because of the preconceived notions I have of them or because of the way I have been treated by them.

Friday of the First Week of Lent

Charelus Sudzer, SJ

Ez 18: 21-28
Ps 129 (130): 1-2, 3-4, 5-6ab, 7bc-8
Mt 5: 20-26

The law, as an expression of divine justice, cannot be abolished. Jesus does not suppress the law that existed before His incarnation into the world. He rather accomplishes law by revealing its deepest meaning to His disciples. Henceforth, it is from his teaching that one must understand the laws and the Prophets: “You have heard that it was said to your ancestors.... But I say to you...”.

Thursday of the first week of Lent

Kinsou Miflinmahou Kizito

Est 12: 14-16, 23-25
Ps 137 (138), 1-2a, 2bc-3, 7c-8
Mt 7: 7-12

Today’s readings tell us about the necessity and the power of prayer. In the first reading, Queen Esther entreats the help of God because she trusts totally to Him. Her trust led her to abandons herself to Him. Indeed, Christian life cannot be understood and lived without a relationship with God, a relationship that finds its meaning in prayer: “When I called, you answered me”.

Wednesday of the first week of Lent

Manga Jacques

Jn 3: 1-10 | Ps 50 | Lc 11: 29-32

There is an urgent call that resonates in the texts of this day, an urgent appeal addressed by Jesus Christ to his disciples and to all of us today. It is a call to penance and redemption. The words of Christ follow a conversion that first passes through penance. A conversion not only external but also and especially interior. Conversion is effective insofar as we put our faith in Christ and obtain from him our forgiveness.

Tuesday of the first week of Lent

This poetic passage from Isaiah about the word of God may be understood on two levels. On one level it prepares for Jesus’ parable in the gospel reading about the sower and the seed. But while Isaiah stresses the effectiveness of the word of God, Jesus reflects on the failure of his word with many sections of his hearers, as well as on the brilliant success of his word in those who bear fruit ‘thirtyfold, sixtyfold, a hundredfold’.