Posted in Blessed JOHN HENRY Cardinal NEWMAN, LENT 2019, QUOTES of the SAINTS, QUOTES on HUMILITY, The WORD

Lenten Reflection – 20 March – You hear Him talking about the cross and you ask for a throne?

Lenten Reflection – 20 March – Wednesday of the Second week of Lent, Year C

“Command that these two sons of mine sit, one at your right and the other at your left, in your kingdom”...Matthew 20:21basil of seleucia 20 march 2019

Basil of Seleucia (Died c 468) Bishop
Sermon 24

Would you like to know the faith of this woman?   Well, just think at the time she does such a request…The cross was ready, the Passion immanent, the crowd of enemies already in place.   The Teacher talks about His death and the disciples are worried, even before the Passion they tremble at the simple mention of it, what they hear startles them, they are overcome by agitation and fear.   At that very moment this mother leaves the group of the apostles and comes to request the kingdom and a throne for her sons.

What did you say, woman?   You hear Him talking about the cross and you ask for a throne?   It is a matter of the Passion and you wish for the Kingdom?   In that case, leave the disciples with all their fears and worries of danger.   But how could you think of asking such dignity?   Out of all that has been said or done, what makes you think about the kingdom?

I see – she says – the Passion but I foresee the Resurrection.  I see the cross set up and I contemplate the open skies.   I see the nails but I also see the throne… I heard the Lord himself say:  “you shall likewise take your places on twelve thrones” (Mt 19:28).   I see the future with the eyes of faith.

This woman anticipates – it seems to me – the words of the good criminal.   He, on the cross, made this prayer:  “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Lk 23:42).   Even before the cross she made the kingdom an object of her supplication… What a desire plunged in the vision of the future!   What time hid, faith revealed.

Daily Meditation:
Whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant.

Jesus is telling us about His Passion, Death and Resurrection – for us.
Too often we are fighting over which of us is the greatest.
To take this journey with Him, is to take a journey
that draws us to be with Him in it and like Him:
a servant of love for others.

“The Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve
and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Matthew 20:28wed of the second week matthew 20 28 the sone of man came not to serve 20 march 2019.jpg

“The importance of Humility”
(Extract from a Sermon on St Philip Neri)

Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

“But I would beg for you this privilege, that the public world might never know you for praise or for blame, that you should do a good deal of hard work in your generation and prosecute many useful labours and effect a number of religious purposes and send many souls to heaven and take men by surprise, how much you were really doing, when they happened to come near enough to see it but that by the world you should be overlooked, that you should not be known out of your place, that you should work for God alone, with a pure heart and single eye, without the distractions of human applause and should make Him your sole hope and His eternal heaven your sole aim and have your reward, not partly here but fully and entirely, hereafter.”

(The Mission of St Philip Neri, Sermons Preached on Various Occaions.)

Closing Prayer:
God of Love,
through this Lenten journey,
purify my desires to serve You.
Free me from any temptations to judge others,
to place myself above others.
Please let me surrender even my impatience with others,
that with Your love and Your grace,
I might be less and less absorbed with myself,
and more and more full of the desire
to follow You, in laying down my life
according to Your example.

May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.


Lenten Reflection – 28 February 2018 – Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent

Lenten Reflection – 28 February 2018 – Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent

Jeremiah 18:18-20, Psalms 31:5-6, 14-16, Matthew 20:17-28

Jeremiah 18:18-19 – Then they said, “Come, let us make plots against Jeremiah, for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come, let us smite him with the tongue and let us not heed any of his words.” Give heed to me, O LORD and hearken to my plea.

Psalm 31:5 & 13-14 – Into thy hand I commit my spirit; thou hast redeemed me, O LORD, faithful God. Yea, I hear the whispering of many – terror on every side! – as they scheme together against me, as they plot to take my life. But I trust in thee, O LORD, I say, “Thou art my God.”

Matthew 20:26-28 – It shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave; even as the Son of man came not to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”wed of the second week - 28 feb 2018

There are several ways in which we can get things wrong on our journey to God and this season of Lent is a good time to become aware of them.

Firstly, we must not be taken by surprise if trying to follow God’s lead brings us persecution and hatred. Jeremiah in today’s first reading is not at all pleased with this state of affairs and is quite firm in his demands that his God should rescue him.

The psalmist is facing a similar situation (“terror all aound me”) and he is not exactly delighted that his life is in danger. However, he does not make any complaints, simply places his life confidently into the hands of God.

In the Gospel, Jesus is for the third time privately predicting to his slightly dim-witted disciples (though it is easy for us at this distance to second-guess the disciples – you? me? – have we done any better?) what is going to happen to Him and it is at least, as bas as what faces Jermiah, except for the last part of the prediction, which we hardly ever notice “and on the third day he will be raised.” That, however, is not what goes wrong. The failure on the part of His hearers is that of the mother of the sons of Zebedee. So James and John have to have it explained to them that Jesus’ way is the way of death.

Not that the other apostles are any better and now it is their turn to get things wrong, as they turn crossly on the two brothers. This is presumably not because they are shocked that James and John had so radically misunderstood Jesus but because, they had got ahead in the power-game.

For, the odd thing is – and at this point in Lent we shall do well to remind ourselves of it – that we are following a Lord who came not to be served but to serve – and to give His life!

On my journey to the Resurrection, do I trust God despite the difficulties I encounter?
Are there times in my life where I exercise power over others and delight in it?
Am I really one who serves?

Fr Nicholas King – The Lenten Journey to Easter

Loyalty to You 
Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

O my God, my whole life has been a course of mercies and blessings shown to one who has been most unworthy of them.
I require no faith, for I have had long experience as to Your Providence toward me.
Year after year, You have carried me on, refreshed me, borne with me, directed me, sustained me.
O forsake me not when my strength fails me.
And You never will forsake me.
I may rest upon Your arm; I may go to sleep in Your bosom.
Only give me and increase in me, that true loyalty to You, which is the bond of the covenant between You and me and the pledge in my own heart and conscience that You, the Supreme God, will not forsake me, the most miserable of Your children!o my god, my whole life - bl john henry newman - 28 feb 2018