Lent Season 2020

Weekly Reflections

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  • Easter – The Testimonies of Mary of Magdala and Peter
  • Palm Sunday – The Triumphant Entry
  • Fifth Sunday – The Triumph over Death
  • Fourth Sunday – The Testimony of the Blindman
  • Third Sunday – The Testing at Massah
  • Second Sunday – Transfiguration
  • First Sunday – The Temptation of Jesus

Easter Sunday 2020 — The Testimonies of Mary of Magdala and Peter.

This Easter where Mass celebrations will be streamed online made me reflect on a Patrick Henry phrase —

“give me liberty or give me death.”

When global nations are locked down, are choices really between liberty and death?

Yet there is hope which is beyond human understanding when Peter declared —

“God shows no partiality,
but in every nation anyone who fears him and
does what is right is acceptable to him.

that everyone who believes in him (Jesus) receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

When news media would rather report death rates across the globe, why not report those that have recovered from #Covid19 sickness?

This invisible Pandemic war maybe different where no shots are fired yet find Peace in Christ who has triumphed over Sin and Death.


Palm Sunday 2020 — The Triumphant Entry.

One of the events that I will not forget when I was living in California was attending a Jewish celebration from an invitation by a co-worker. During the celebration, the thing that stuck in my memory were the phrases of blessing —

“Baruch Atah Adonai …”

In Psalm 118 and the Gospel, one of these phrases was mentioned to welcome a triumphant entry to Jerusalem.

“Baruch haba b’Shem Adonai —
Blessed is He who comes in the Name of Adonai.”

May you welcome The Lord God in your household in these uncertain times and may His Name be glorified.


Fifth Sunday of Lent 2020 Reflection — The Triumph over Death

As we approach close to Palm Sunday, we read the shortest verse in the Bible.

John 11:35 Jesus began to weep.

Jesus wept out of sadness knowing that a friend died. This week, I reflect upon Jesus having an opportunity to heal Lazarus of his illness within a 45 minute walk towards Bethany. Why?

Jesus had a chance to come to Mary and Martha’s aid but rather waited for 2 days so that God’s glory maybe revealed. Just like the dry bones in Ezekiel’s vision, God has the power to conquer Death.

Most atheists today would argue, why does God allow suffering and pain just like the global #coronavirus pandemic that is all over the news?

May we stop and ponder that God is calling us for Repentance and return to Him who is the author of Life.


Fourth Sunday of Lent 2020 — The Testimony of the Blindman.

I’m quoting Reading verses this week for they speak on their own at these uncertain times.

John 9:4
We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day;
night is coming when no one can work.

Psalm 23:4
Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no evil; for you are with me;
your rod and your staff — they comfort me.

In summary,
Ephesians 5:10-11
Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord.
Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.


Third Sunday of Lent 2020 Reflection — The Testing at Massah

Why do you test the LORD?
This was Moses question to the people. A lack of trust in GOD who delivered them but rather complained in their situation.

When you see people who hoard or profiteer from today’s #COVID19 pandemic. One but wonder, are we testing GOD in our generation?

Romans
5:1 Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ
5:3 … knowing that suffering produces endurance, …

Drink through GOD’s living water that you may no longer thirst for the things that are fleeting. That you may see his providence even through the hardships in life.


Second Sunday of Lent 2020 Reflection — Transfiguration.

How is God’s glory revealed?
Jesus leads his Disciples on a high mountain (Mount Tabor) to behold the fulfillment of The Law (Moses) and The Prophets (Elijah).

“Not by our might or works lest we should boast” says the Lord. To paraphrase Saint Thomas Aquinas, there nothing that we can do, or give that can add to the Glory of God.

Not by tent made by hands as Peter would have done, nor money that we give as people have done in the Temple. Thus, whatever we do is a blessing among His people and not for God.


First Sunday of Lent 2020 Reflection — The Temptation.

How did the Devil trick people since the beginning of time?

By casting self-doubt that our purpose and what we have are not good enough. Satan tempted Eve, Adam and Jesus on separate occasions to test how they trust God and promotes “lies” to cause division or quarrel between people.

Because a crafty Evil knows that “a house divided cannot stand on its own.”

“For all that is in the world,
the lust of the flesh, and
the lust of the eyes, and
the pride of life,
is not of the Father, but is of the world”
(1 John 2:16).

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