Lenten Reflections 2016

Day 40 - There are so many moving passages that we read throughout the Gospels about Jesus’ life—moments of monumental victory and moments of desperate disappointment. And yet, some of the most touching moments...

Day 39 - These are trying times for people of faith. But when my heart is weary and my mind is tortured, I always return to two truths. The first is this: Christianity has never failed. It is simply incapable...

Day 38 - We all die, and yet, so often we conduct our lives as if we were going to live forever. If you knew you were going to die one year from today, how would you change your life?...

Day 37 - If you can create just one holy moment next Monday, you can create two on Tuesday and four on Wednesday, eight on Thursday, and so on. There is no limit to the number of holy moments you...

Day 36 - Search your heart. Do you believe holiness is possible for you? I am not sure when or where this belief began its stranglehold on the spiritual life of Christians and the Church. No doubt there is a...

Day 35 - Does the Gospel offer the best path to this complete joy? If you say, no, that’s OK. I think you are wrong, but if you honestly feel that way, there is no shortcut. You have to explore...

It’s time to surrender again to God This past week I hope we all wholeheartedly embraced God’s invitation. We examined what robs us of joy, and how we see ourselves. We looked at how God might be inviting you to accept...

Day 34 - As we rediscover Jesus and consider all that has happened in his name over the past two thousand years, one of the questions worthy of our pondering is: What does Jesus want? Take a moment. Think on...

Day 33 - In Matthew’s Gospel we read, “If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24). Deny yourself. Jesus was clear. He didn’t promise or even allude...

Day 32 - Sin and evil are real. And they are not something that is “out there.” They are in you and me. We each have the capacity for tremendous virtue and good, but we also have the capacity for...

Day 31 - God’s ways are not simply a minor adjustment of our own. They often represent the opposite end of the spectrum. Jesus invites us to a change in attitude, but...

Day 30 - This is the truth: We don’t see things as they really are—especially ourselves. We all think we have twenty-twenty vision in life, but we don’t. We don’t see things as they really are. Let me give...

Day 29 - Living in the presence of God causes us to dance for joy. It is easy to lose sight of his presence. It is easy to wander from his ways. It is easy to become blind to his...

Are you letting God turn your life upside down? This week we looked at how to close the gap between the person we are and the person he created us to be by delving into the Gospels, delaying gratification, and...

Day 28 - We spoke already about a time dedicated to prayer each day. The second aspect of our daily conversation with God is the spontaneous turning to him during moments of the day to thank him, to ask him...

Day 27 - Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23). Self-denial has an incredible impact on a human be¬ing. It...

Day 26 - It is impossible to get close to Jesus and stay close to him without developing an intimate daily conversation with him. This conversation has two main parts: scheduled prayer and spontaneous prayer. Each day we need a...

Day 25 - When I was about fifteen years old, my spiritual mentor gave me an old Bible and encouraged me to read the Gospels. I had heard stories read at church each week, but I had never read the...

Day 24 - Being Christian requires proactive intentionality. It doesn’t just happen. It requires us to actively seek out God and his will in the situations of daily life, and to work each day to close the gap between the...

Day 23 - If you let Jesus turn your life upside down, you will be happier than you ever imagined was possible. And you won’t just have happiness—you will have joy! This is what Jesus does. He radically transforms the...

This week we looked at radical relationships, making God and people a priority, miracles, radical love, and the meaning of the Resurrection. What we’re learning is that...

Day 22 - We pray for tweaking—and then we wonder why God doesn’t answer our prayers. The reason is simple: God is not in the business of tweaking. He’s in the business of transformation. The other sad, tragic, miserable...

Day 21 - The most radical moment in the history of the world was that Sunday morning when Jesus rose from the dead. Ignore it if you wish or pretend it didn’t happen, but it is simply impossible to make...

Day 20 - There are many different types of love. There is affection, which is a fondness developed through familiarity, most commonly found in families. There is friendship, such as the love that exists between girlfriends, or mates, as we...

Day 19 - Making the lame walk, giving sight to the blind, setting captives free—these were all radical. Forgiving people’s sins—even more radical. And these were just everyday aspects of Jesus’ life. It is easy to fall into the...

Day 18 - People were made to be loved, and things were made to be used. But often we get this confused and many of the world’s problems are caused because we love things and use people. The world is...

Day 17 - Jesus completely rejected the social norms of the day when he chose the people he spent time with. And I suspect he would do the same if he were alive today. What does that teach us about...

This week we spent time reflecting on who Jesus said he was, and we started to apply that to who we are and how we live our lives...

Day 16 - At every turn Jesus’ teachings provide practical ways to grow spiritually. Just focusing on reducing the amount of judgment in your life is a path to peace, joy, and incredible spiritual growth. You will immediately experience...

Day 15 - Suffering is one of the central mysteries of the human experience. I don’t know why I suffer in certain ways and you suffer in other ways. I don’t know why some people’s suffering is...

Day 14 - Our sight is an incredible gift from God. The Gospel invites us to practice custody of the eyes, which simply means having the self-control to decide what we allow ourselves to look at. In our hypersexual culture...

Day 13 - The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a radical invitation to get beyond our own self-centered worldview and do our part to protect and liberate the most vulnerable children of God. In doing this it is also important...

Day 12 - When we forgive, we share the love of God with others and rid ourselves of dangerous poisons that can prevent us from growing spiritually. But that doesn’t make it easy. “Then Peter came to Jesus and asked...

Day 11 - Jesus wants you to become the most generous person in your sphere of influence. He wants you to astonish people with your generosity. He wants you to be generous with your time, talent, and treasure. But he...

This week we spent time reflecting on who Jesus said he was, and we started to apply that to who we are and how we live our lives. When we study our vision of ourselves and God, the world expands,...

Day 10 - I have traveled the world more than most people, and the amount of self-loathing that we seem to have for ourselves as Christians never ceases to break my heart. Our inability to love ourselves may be one...

Day 9 - Jesus’ teachings were radical in content and method. But they also provide unique insight into the mind of God. In many ways reading the Gospels is a tour through the mind of God. Each parable or teaching,...

Day 8 - What does radical mean? It means to get to the “root” of things. Jesus was interested in getting deep down to the root of things. He was interested in...

Day 7 - In Caesarea Philippi, Jesus asked his followers, “Who do people say that I am?” and “Who do you say that I am?” But there is a third question that doesn’t appear in the sacred texts of the...

Day 6 - It is easy to see how the early Christians came to the conclusion that Jesus was divine. Jesus said that he was God, and presented plenty of evidence to support his claim...

Day 5 - More than any other person in history, Jesus had clarity about his identity. He was clear about who he was and who he wasn’t. Some wanted him to be a political leader or military revolutionary, but he...

How’s it going? Thank you for joining the Dynamic Catholic Team and me on this journey through Lent to rediscover Jesus. Every Sunday, we will provide a brief reflection, a recap of the previous week, and a preview of the next week. Weekly...

Day 4 - Some people go looking for it, chasing it with the joyful abandon of a child in a treasure hunt. Others spend their whole lives avoiding the question. Some people try to tiptoe quietly toward...

Day 3 A good invitation fills us with joy. There is a wonderful joy that comes from discovering something (or someone) for the first time. There is also an immense joy that comes from rediscovering something (or someone). When I...

Day 2 How well do you know Jesus? I think about this often, and I always come to the same realization: I don’t know Jesus anywhere near as well as I would like to know him. The desire is there,...

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