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March 4, 2012, Second Sunday of Lent

"If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31)

READINGS:

1. Gen 22, 1-2, 9-13, 15-18
2. Romans 8:31-34
3. Gospel Mark 9:2-10 
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REFLECTION: The readings for Sunday’s liturgy contain two symbols that might, at first, seem to stand for all such obstacles. But mountains and clouds are not used this way in the readings. They are seen as powerful symbols: mountains of new perspectives and new hopes and dreams, clouds of glory and God’s dwelling place. Mountains have other sides, and clouds have inner linings.

PRAYER: Father, how good it is for us to be here united as a family in love and prayer. Help us to be aware of how close Jesus is to us. May he guide and inspire our every thought, word, and action. Amen.

FAMILY DISCUSSION/ACTIVITY:

Monday: Try today to get to Church and pray the Stations of the Cross. Try to bring the children or a friend.

Tuesday: Locate your Bible and read tonight at the main meal the account of the Transfiguration. (Mark 9:2-10)

Wednesday: Reflect today on the challenges that are facing you at this time. What are the mountains and clouds?

Thursday: Pray today with the family the rosary using the new Mysteries of Light. (click here for video) 

Friday: This month is St. Patrick’s Day! Pray today for peace in Ireland. Pray to Father Peyton for this favor.

Saturday: Continue the practice today of a simple meal giving money saved on expensive food to the food pantry.

PRAYER: Lord, God and Father, we get pulled up, down, and sideways by the pain and difficulties of life. Help us to open our hands and hearts to receive your healing Presence. May the gift of your Life transform us into glory. We pray this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.



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