Lent - First Week

Posted by David Neff, OblSB on


Luke 18:11-13

The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself:

 “God, I thank You that I am not like other men — extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.”

And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying,  “God, be merciful to me a sinner!”

Matthew 11:28

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

1 Corinthians 3:16-17

Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.

Psalm 34:14

Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.

Rule of Benedict  (Rule 4,v. 62)

Do not aspire to be called holy before you really are, but first be holy that you may more truly be called so.

Questions for Personal Reflection

- What words come to mind when I read about:

  • The Pharisee?
  • The tax collector?

- Have I ever responded with similar thoughts or words?

- What is my attitude about Lent?

- Did I attend an Ash Wednesday service?                

- Did I read Scripture and pray this past week?

- Do I recall an experience when I felt the loving presence of God?

- Do I recall a time in my life when God used a weakness, failure, or time of suffering to help me recognize His loving presence?

- What “walls” in my life separate me from other persons?      From God?

- Have I made a commitment to a quiet time each day for personal reflection and prayer?

This week I will: