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1st Sunday of Lent: Be with me Lord when I am in trouble

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Study: Reflect on a moment when you were in a critical need.  What pulled you through?

Pray: Ask the Lord for grace regarding a difficult situation.

Serve:  How can you be a helping hand to another?

Mass Readings – 1st Sunday of Lent

Let’s take a look at these readings that help us kick off Lent:

  • 1st Reading – a recap of how God saved the Israelites in Egypt
  • Psalm – “Be with me, Lord, when I am in trouble.”
  • 2nd Reading – “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
  • Gospel – Jesus overcomes the Devil’s 3 temptations

Have you ever been in trouble?  Serious trouble?  End of your rope?  Lost?  Confused?  Abandoned?  Scared?  Feeling like you cannot breathe because the air has gone out of your chest?  Feeling utterly alone?

You’re in good company.  People of faith for over 3000 years have called upon the Lord in their darkest moments – seeking guidance and strength.

And God provides.  We don’t have to look very hard to find examples of pain and suffering, hardship and loss, struggle, catastrophe and sin.  We also know that there are no promises that life will be easy and free from pain.  What we know is simple:  God walks with us and sustains us in our moments of need.

Of course this is only a half truth – God walks with us always!  God never leaves us, but for some very human reason we seem to call out loud and strong when we recognize our need for the Lord.  Isn’t it odd that we “get it” when we are in need…that many of us who dedicate our lives to Christ see much more clearly when the truth is self-evident?

Perhaps not.  Perhaps what this first week of Lent shows us is that our need for God (always present in our lives) is most easily observed when we cannot hide from our need.  For when we are in trouble, we are confronted with the clear and obvious reality that it is only with the Lord’s grace that we can be guided and sustained.  In the times of our testing we discover both our limitations and the Lord’s love.

What are you facing in your life right now?  What requires your own personal admission and acceptance of Christ’s mercy?  Be with me, Lord, when I am in trouble!

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If you are looking for more material to help you this Lent, you might consider this list of presentations I have offered over the last couple of years.  Feel free to check it out and share if you find it helpful:

Podcast Resources for getting the most out of Lent

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Note: this post was first published on February 9, 2016.


25th Sunday of the Year: Life is a battle; keep fighting with faith. Catholic Inspiration

The readings state plainly the hostility and difficulty we often find in lives.  Sometimes the battle is outside ourselves, and sometimes it is within.  Yet as we fight our battles, we constantly use our most powerful weapon: the grace we receive through our faith in Jesus Christ!

Mass Readings – 25th Sunday of the Year

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5th Sunday of Easter: Christ is the vine that sustains us in times of struggle. Catholic Inspiration

The accident at the oil refinery in Superior last week was a stark reminder how we rely on and support one another in times of danger.  Where do we find the strength to work together?  United in our faith in Jesus Christ we are nourished with God’s grace so that we can offer our lives for one another.

Mass Readings – 5th Sunday of Easter

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Daily Mass: Faith in the face of opposition. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Saturday in the Octave of Easter

When the going gets tough, the tough live their faith!  The early Church faced opposition even as it was filled with the grace of the Holy Spirit.  We, too, call upon the Lord to face our trials with the same strength that inspired and strengthened the disciples.

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Daily Mass: Abraham’s faith fulfilled in Christ. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 5th Week of Lent

God’s promise to Abraham is transformed and renewed by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  As we look to our challenges and trials today, may we build upon the foundation of faith that we have received and offer our lives in service to the Lord.

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Daily Mass: When our faith is put to the test. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 5th Week of Lent

The story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego reminds us that there are times in life when our faith is tested.  In those moments we call upon the Lord for the strength we need, and we ask God for forgiveness for those times that we have failed.  For through it all Christ offers his life for us.

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Daily Mass: Following Christ in the face of opposition. Catholic Inspiration

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Mass Readings – Friday of the 4th Week of the Year

The death of John the Baptist recalls the fact that doing the right thing at the right time for the right reason does NOT mean that life will always be easy.  In fact, our faith in Jesus Christ will sometimes put us squarely in the face of opposition…and we recognize that we might suffer even as we serve the Lord with all our heart.

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