Theme: Theme: Fidelity to victory

When pressed into suggesting a symbol of salvation for humankind through the death and rising of Jesus, would you have put the Cross on the short list? No way. Every year during Holy Week, the Church invites us to reflect on the meaning of the Cross. With each passing year we are invited to master the mystery of the Cross. Found in pre-Christian cultures where it has a cosmic and natural significance, the two crossed lines of unequal length symbolize four dimensions of the universe. For a while the cross has been regarded as a sign of power and regeneration. For us Jesus’ victory on the cross means love, life and salvation.

Read more: Passion (Palm) Sunday Year B

Theme: Wounded healers

A missionary was sent to preach the good news where he encountered untold hardships including imprisonment and torture. When he was miraculously released, he asked the civil authorities to allow him resume his work. With indignation, the man in charge denied him request, saying, ‘my people are not foolish enough to listen to anything you say but I fear they may be impressed by your scars and thereby be convinced to turn to your religion! As the days of Lent flow away, we invited to remember the scars of Jesus so that we are convinced.

Read more: Fifth Sunday of lent Year B

Theme: Only you Lord

The word of God today invites us to reflect on the transcendent God who choses to be friendly to humankind. The demands of the law and authentic worship featured in our readings should be understood not as orders but as divine gifts. In both Hebrew/debarim and Greek/decalogue the commandments are not called rules but words which have been offered within the context of an ongoing dialogue known as the covenant. These special words are meant to form the basis of our behavior. At each Eucharist we who ask forgiveness for what we have done and for what we have failed to do would do well to let these words sink into our hearts to shape our conscience.

Read more: Third Sunday of Lent Year B

Theme: Remember

Having arrived halfway our Lenten journey we are invited to review what has transpired so as to press onward on what is yet to come. The saying goes “those who do not remember the past are condemned to relive it” George Santayana The Life of Reason, 1905. It is this same understanding that prompted Chronicles to lead their contemporaries through a quick overview of their past performance. At times what we shun is the very message that God sends to console us. Today the word of God reminds us to evaluate all that has been painful and contradictory in our lives.

Read more: Fourth Sunday of lent Year B

Theme: Surrender

Once armed attackers surprised a family on their way home where a bullet hit a young boy as he slept in the back seat. A short time later he was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. People were shocked and annoyed. But public outrage was soon replaced by wonder and admiration. The boy’s family arranged that all of their son’s vital organs be harvested and donated freely. As a result lives of eight terminal patients were healed as young vital organs replaced defective ones. This story reminds us of another death of a son whose dying brought life to many. The death Jesus has changed and is still changing lives of many.

Read more: Second Sunday of Lent Year B

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