Lenten Meditations: Thursday 25 February

Feb 25, 2021 by


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     Deut 9:23-10:5        Heb 4:1-10         John 3:16-21


THURSDAY LENT I Saint John Calpha, Martyr 1575 –( Eastern Church)


LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY: This saint was born in Galata in Constantinople. He was an architect and carpenter by profession. He offended the Turks by his wholehearted confession of the Christian faith, and they tried to force him to become a Moslem. `I shall never deny my sweet Jesus Christ’, replied John heroically, `I believe in Him, serve Him and confess Him.‘ After harsh torture, the Turks beheaded him in Constantinople on February 26th, 1575.


MEDITATION OF THE DAY:  In a world where children are often treated as disposable commodities, the premise of giving your only Son may not strike some people as fantastic. Moreover, the idea that we would give a child to other to hurt, injure or harm is stunning. Add to that  giving the child away to knowingly suffer and die a horrible death? Most of us who are caring people, yet alone patents cannot grasp such activity,which is why we are so horrified when the news come on at 10 pm and we hear countless stories of child endangerment, and trafficking.


The Gospel of John with the verses we are so familiar asks us not to imagine it but to hear the depth of love involved, because that love is Christ incarnate Certainly God had the knowledge that Jesus would rise again, but that doesn’t negate the profundity of the gift. A gift whereby  God’s love for us is so great that He was willing to give His “beloved. Son. Let’s remember this Lenten season the gift of the life if children. Let us treasure them  and then  thank God for His love and for the sacrifice He made that saves them even at the hands of a fallen humanity.


PRAYER OF THE DAY:  O Heavenly Father, we commend all children unto Thee. Be Thou their God and Father; and mercifully supply whatever is wanting in us as adults through frailty or negligence. Strengthen them to overcome the corruptions of the world, to resist all solicitations to trick or harm them and deliver them keeping them this day and always from the snares of the enemy. We ask this through Christ our Lord. . Amen


LENTEN DISCIPLINE Go to .  https://www.worldvision.org/child-protection-news- stories/matthew-25-protecting-children-prayer and consider making the safety of children part of your Lenten Discipline,


ANCIENT WISDOM/PRESENT GRACE: “There are very few men who realize what God would make of them if they abandoned themselves entirely to his hands and let themselves be formed by His Grace. What has He done for me? He has loved me and given me His whole self. What shall I do for Him? I shall love Him and give myself to Him without reserve.”–– St. Ignatius of Loyola


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