Lenten Meditations: Wednesday 1 April

Apr 1, 2020 by

April 1
am: 119:145-176
pm: 128, 129, 130
Exod 7:8-24 2 Cor 2:14-3:6 Mark 10:1-16

FIFTH WEDNESDAY OF LENT – St. Hugh of Grenoble, Bishop, 1132

LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY:  Hugh who after serving as bishop for two years, was greatly troubled by the corruption of the church and sought life in a monastery; until the Bishop of Rome called him out to pioneer the work of church reform. He was a defender of the Church in resolving conflicts between the Church and state. While being an eloquent as a preacher, he was able to restore the cathedral; and make civic improvements in the town. Hugh may be best known as patron and benefactor of Saint Bruno, who was the founder of the Carthusian Order

MEDITATION OF THE DAY: The letter to the Corinthians is a challenging one to us in the Church in this present season of Pandemic. Paul is sharing his reflection on the amazing experience of seeing God open people to the Gospel.  The culture was closed to God, but the Word was proclaimed and received  which Paul frames as a triumphal procession. This year in many places there will be no triumphal processions in Holy Week. So, we in the church must consider  in what ways and methods will we be processing the Good News to people who are open to God? In what way will we seek to counter the opposition to the message because of fear and anger due to the Pandemic?  We cannot suppress your “fragrance” because some people are allergic to the scent of faith!

We are not seeking to deny the  fragile nature of the situation,  but nor should we forget that the Christ is present through His Church and that we should process in the times we live.

PRAYER OF THE DAY: God of infinite grace, remove any obstacles that might hinder my witness to you in these difficult times . Enable me to share the song of love and the scent of faith  that is yours through my actions and through my words. Tin Jesus name we pray.   Amen.”

ANCIENT WISDOM/PRESENT GRACE: The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread”. – Mother Teresa

Lenten DisciplineGo to for a walk through your neighborhood offering prayers or a psalm softly to yourself as Francis the I did in Rome to witness the triumph of faith.

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