Lent Reflection

The Greeks had two words for time, chronos for chronological

time (clock and calendar time) and kairos for the “right” or

“opportune” time. Jesus often made the distinction to his disciples,

who thought more in terms of chronological time than of

God’s time. When Peter first declared his intent to the Lord, it

was not yet time; the kairos moment—God’s time—did not

come until Peter had witnessed to the truth of the gospel in

Rome.

 

When the Jews celebrate Passover, the celebration begins

with a question: “Why is this night different?” In this way they

enter into God’s time—when God intervened, did something to

change the very course of history. On the night before he died,

Jesus took bread and wine and declared it his body and blood.

“Do this in memory of me.” Once again it was kairos time, God’s

time, just as it is every time we interrupt the daily grind of

chronological time to enter God’s time in the Mass.

 

Everything happens when God wants it to happen. Following

Christ is a matter of surrendering to God’s time, of leaving

behind our own plans in order to be led by Christ. Our goals and

plans are always secondary to what God intends for us.

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The Cross of Christ – Lenten Reflection

St. Francis of Assisi taught his followers to reverence Christ and

his cross wherever they might find themselves. The prayer attributed

to St. Francis that begins, “Lord, make me a channel of your

peace,” was in fact not composed by St. Francis; it was misapplied

to him in a prayer book. The true prayer of St. Francis was one

he taught his friars to pray whenever they would pass a Church

or the sign of the cross made by two branches in a tree. They were

to prostrate themselves toward the church or the cross and pray,

“We adore you Christ and we praise you present here and in all

the Churches throughout the world, because by your holy cross

you have redeemed the world.”

 

The cross reminds us of the true Christ, the one in the

Gospels who was constantly misjudged by the religious figures

of his day. If we are not careful, he will be misjudged by us as well.

We need to worship him alone.

 

 

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Lent Reflection

The cross of Christ forces us to choose sides, to reorder our

priorities. It also transforms our personal crosses and gives us

hope: We have on our side someone who is victorious over all

enemies, all powers and principalities.

St. Leonard said, “Impress on yourself this great truth: Even

if all hell’s devils come after you to tempt you, you won’t sin

unless you want to—provided that you don’t trust in your own

powers, but in the assistance of God. He doesn’t refuse help to

those who ask it with a lively faith.” God offers us all the help

we need in this life, if we avail ourselves of it.

 

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Lent Reflection

Since the time of early Christianity, there have been forms

of prayer that use breathing as a cadence for prayer. The Jesus

Prayer and the Rosary, along with various forms of contemplative

prayer, are all variations of this type of prayer. The real prayer

behind all of these methods is the prayer of surrender: “Into

your hands I commend my spirit.” This was the prayer that Jesus

prayed to the Father from the cross.

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Lent Reflection

The greatest example of forgiveness is that of Jesus, who from the

cross forgave those who put him there: “Father, forgive them for

they know not what they are doing.” Who is the “them” to which

Jesus was referring? The “them” is us.

 

 

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Lenten Reflection

When we look back over our lives, we often find that every

event is intricately interwoven with another, and then another,

with bright spots of serendipity when we “just happened” to be

in the right spot at the right time at key moments. This realization

will deepen the mystery that is life; regardless how long or

short our life, our mission and purpose is God’s. If he seems slow

to respond, look to the cross of Christ, which illumines even the

lag time between the promise and the fulfillment.

 

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