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Sometimes his care reaches us through the disinterested help of family members and friends, and sometimes even from people of good will whom we may not even know. Through his mysterious way of guiding us, God bit by bit leads us into his heart, the true promised land: Praebe, fili mi, cor tuum mihi Many of the episodes in the exodus of the Israelites foreshadowed future events. Not all of those on that first pilgrimage through the wilderness entered the Promised Land.
With his Incarnation, his life and glorification, our Lord leads us to the definitive exodus, in which the promises are totally fulfilled. The gospel for the first Sunday in Lent shows us Jesus who, in solidarity with us, allowed himself to be tempted at the end of his forty days spent in the wilderness. His victory over Satan fills us with hope, and makes us realise that with Him we too can win out in the battles of our interior life.
Our temptations then no longer upset us, but instead are turned into opportunities to get to know ourselves better and cling more closely to God. He does not dialogue with Satan, as Eve had done in the earthly paradise. Let us remember this: at the moment of temptation, of our temptations, there is no arguing with Satan. Our defence must always be the Word of God!
And this will save us. The story of the Transfiguration, proclaimed on the second Sunday of Lent, strengthens our conviction that victory is certain in spite of our limitations. Therefore we need to nourish our faith, as we see in the Gospel scenes the liturgy presents to us every three years on the last Sundays in Lent. First, we see the Samaritan woman, who overcomes sin to recognise Jesus as the Messiah who quenches, with the living water of the Holy Spirit, her thirst for love.
The liturgy urges us to take up personally the process of conversion, by inviting us to make room in our lives for the traditional penitential practices. These practices express a change in our relationship with God prayer , with others alms and with ourselves fasting. Penance means being very charitable at all times towards those around you. Penance consists of putting up good-humouredly with the thousand and one little pinpricks of each day. Andy Rau. Andy is the former senior manager of content for Bible Gateway.
He currently works at Calvin College. This daily email Bible reading plan walks you through each of the four Gospel accounts. Lent Devotions : Scripture readings, devotionals insights, and Easter prayers, sent several times a week to your inbox. These Easter devotional emails will keep you focused on Jesus throughout each week. Related posts: Read through the Gospels during Lent: our Lent reading plan begins today! Reminder: Lent is coming—sign up for our Lent devotions! The Lent Bible reading plan starts today! Search the Blog. Follow biblegateway. But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity.
He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them.
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Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. We behave like the priests and Levites of the world - walking right past our neighbors, too busy or too proud to stop and lend a hand. Jesus tells us that the greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, and soul, and to love your neighbor as yourself.
This week choose to fast from neglect; decide instead to live like the Samaritan who shows mercy to the one in need.
What would it look like, practically, for you to reach out to those who are struggling today in our city? Genesis The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. Genesis tells us God put humans in Eden to care for the garden. How can you care for creation today? Proverbs Those who are generous are blessed, for they share their bread with the poor. Being generous towards others brings blessing to us. As the saying goes: it is better to give than it is to receive. How has being generous helped to grow your faith or brought you closer to Christ?
Luke Sell your possessions, and give alms.
Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Consider where your treasure is today.
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To fast from neglect means to put your heart towards people outside of yourself. How can you set your heart in heaven? Luke Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. Tell her then to help me. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her. Doers, like Martha, seek belonging through their actions and accomplishments.
Fasting from comparison frees us from wanting what we do not have, and helps us open our eyes to that which we do have.
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James For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind. Comparison begets all kinds of disorder. We begin to lose sight of our own gifts and talents, and eventually forget who we are. Who are you comparing yourself to today? How can you abandon that comparison? Luke Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
Are you guilty of assuming you are better than other people? For all must carry their own loads. What is specifically your work to do? Genesis In the course of time Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground, and Abel for his part brought of the firstlings of his flock, their fat portions.
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And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell. Cain was a farmer, while Abel was a herder. How does comparison lead to violence or other vices in your life?
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Isaiah Woe to you who strive with your Maker, earthen vessels with the potter! God is the potter, and everyone else is the clay.
Psalm The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. How will you make fasting from comparison a regular practice so you can live a life of joy, a life where you shall not want? And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry. This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be? We are constantly consuming more things - having to buy and build bigger barns to store all of our goods. We have a tendency to consider possessions as more important than spiritual values.