Lenten Meditations: Saturday 4 March

Mar 4, 2017 by

Mar 4
am: 30, 32
pm: 42, 43
Deut 7:17-26 Titus 3:1-15 John 1:43-51


SATURDAY AFTER ASH WEDNESDAY:  St. Adrian, Bishop of St. Andrew’s, Scotland, 874. & St. Casimir, 1482.

LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY:   St. Adrian was bishop and defender of the faith in Scotland against the Danish invasion, Adrian was martyred on the Isle of May in the Firth of Forth in Scotland with other monks.


St. Casmir is the patron Saints for Poland and Lithuania as he was royalty from those regions. He was committed to being a Christian monarch who never married so he may be of service to his people. Generosity abounded from him and many miracles ascribed to his intercession


MEDITATION OF THE DAY:  Perhaps this story of the encounter between Philip and Nathaniel is one of the most reflected upon when seeking to bring people to faith. Philip tells Nathaniel there is good news for the people of God from Jesus of Nazareth. Nathanael expresses skepticism about anything good coming out of Jesus’ hometown of Nazareth, Philip simply says, “Come and see for yourself.” When Jesus tells Nathanael that he saw him already Nathanael is so amazed he is ready to follow and proclaim him the “Son of God” and the “King of Israel.”

The season of Lent is about each of us recognizing that this Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God who has redeemed the world. And, through Lent, as this Gospel reminds us, we find that different people have very different journeys to God in Christ. This is important as we seek to offer a Lenten witness to the world that deepen our faith and perhaps may bring others to faith. We know well, that, no two journeys are alike. Lenten journeys start in different places—some start with a spiritual discipline like the 40-day challenge, others a mark of ashes, for others a public station of the Cross in a place not expected…. Each of those moments, with different beginning points, have different routes, nonetheless, the point is, that the journeys are meant to have the same ending point: Jesus the Christ


PRAYER OF THE DAY: Father, may our Lenten journey in this first days of Lent

prepare us to embrace the paschal mystery and to proclaim your salvation with contrite and joyful hearts. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit One God, for ever and ever.  Amen


ANCIENT WISDOM/PRESENT GRACE: “When souls are given the understanding of faith, God speaks to them through all creation, and the universe becomes for them a living testimony which the finger of God continually traces before their eyes, the record of every passing moment, a sacred scripture.” – Jean-Pierre de Caussade.


LENTEN DISCIPLINE –   Both saints remembered today were Godly leaders witnessing the Gospel amidst great external adversity and persecution. Go the Voice of the Martyrs website and subscribe to the newsletter so you can stay informed how Godly people today in our own place and time are following in the Godly example of Adrian and Casmir and witnessing the faith in adversity.

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