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Weekly Lenten Reflections


Introduction to Lent

Let us journey this Lent with Bethlehem University

Knowing the commands of Christ, let this be our way of life:
let us feed the hungry,
let us give the thirsty drink,
let us clothe the naked,
let us welcome strangers,
let us visit those in prison and the sick.
Then the judge of all will say even to us:
Come, you blessed of my Father,
Inherit the realm I prepared for you!

Byzantine Vespers


Our Weekly Reflections

After Ash Wednesday, a new reading/reflection will be added for each Sunday of Lent. Return to this page throughout Lent to pray with us.

Ash Wednesday

Introduction

Lord of the winds, I cry to thee.
I that am dust,
and blown about by every gust
I fly to thee.
Lord of the waters, unto thee I call.
I am that weed upon the waters borne,
And by the waters torn,
Tossed by the waters, at thy feet I fall.

Mary Coleridge
The Oxford Book of Christian Verse, Nineteenth Century

Read or Listen

Mt 6:1-6, 16-18
(find the readings online at https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/021424.cfm)

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Reflect

with the song “Ashes”
by Tom Conry

Pray

Look with your loving care, we ask you, Lord,
on the fast we have begun.
May the discipline we keep with our body
be exercised with sincerity of mind.

Missal of Pius V

First Sunday of Lent

Introduction

There is a really deep well inside me.
And in it dwells God.
Sometimes I am there too.
But more often stones and grit block the well,
and God is buried beneath.
Then God must be dug out again.

Etty Hillesum

Read or Listen

Mk 1:12-15
(find the readings online at https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/021824.cfm)

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Reflect

with the song “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)”
by Hillsong

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Pray

O Lord, throughout these forty days
You prayed and kept the fast;
Inspire repentance for our sins,
And free us from our past.

Be with us though this season, Lord,
And all our earthly days,
That when the final Easter dawns,
We join in heavenly praise.

Gilbert E. Doan

Second Sunday of Lent

Introduction

Let us fast in such a way that we lavish our lunches upon the poor, so that we may not store up in our purses what we intended to eat, but rather in the stomachs of the poor.

Caesarius of Arles

Read or Listen

Mark 9:2-10

https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/022524.cfm

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Reflect

with the song: “Where Charity and Love Prevail”

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Pray

Let our days of fasting please you, Lord,
and so may they erase the memory of our sins,
make us worthy of your favor and
bring healing that lasts forever.

Missal of Pius V

Third Sunday of Lent

Introduction

United in truth, show the Lord’s own gentleness in your dealings with one another and look down on no one. If you can do good, do not put it off, because almsgiving frees you from death.

Polycarp of Smyrna
Second Century

Read or Listen

John 2:13-25

https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/022524.cfm

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Reflect

with the song: “Jesus Remember Me”

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Pray

Incline us, O God, to think humbly of ourselves,
to be saved only in the examination of our own conduct,
to consider our fellow creatures with kindness,
and to judge of all they say and do
with the charity which we would desire from them ourselves.

Jane Austen
Eighteenth Century