Lenten Devotional Week 2

Lenten Devotional Week 2

Lenten Devotional Week 2

We have been invited, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent: by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and alms-giving; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy word.
Last week we began our Lenten journey reflecting on our baptism and what it means to live in newness of life as a member of the Body of Christ. This week we will consider how that life is sustained, examining three metaphors and how they become real to us

Day 1
How present is God in my daily life?
From where do I draw my strength?
Day 2:
Read:
Matthew 13:5-6
Jeremiah 17:7-8, and Psalm 1:3
Isaiah 37:31
What is necessary for the Gospel seed to take root in your life?
What results when it does?
Day 3:
Read:
Matthew 7:24-27
Ephesians 2:19-22
1 Corinthians 3:9-15
On what foundation is your life of faith built?
What assurance does building on the right foundation give you?
Day 4:
Read:
Jeremiah 2:12-13
John 7:37-39 and John 4:13-14
What is the difference between living water and water that has been stored?
Speaking spiritually, what does it look like to store up water? In what ways areyou tempted to do this?
What are the consequences of drinking living water, both for yourselfand those around you?
Day 5:
Read:
Matthew 6:6 and 6:9-13
Luke 18:1
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Philippians 4:6-7
The gospels tell us that Jesus “would withdraw to desolate places and pray.”(Luke 5:16, also Mark 1:35 and Matthew 14:23) We see this most poignantlyduring his anguish in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus commends the same practiceto us. It is in prayer that we find our firm foundation, that our roots grow deep,that we drink deeply of the living water that he offers.
Was there a time in your life when prayer was more important to you than it is today? If so, what happened to change this? What can you do to improve your prayer life?
Day 6:
How have this week’s reading and reflection changed your thoughts about these questions?
How present is God in my daily life?
From where do I draw my strength?
[Theme and questions drawn from “15 days of prayer with Saint Vincent de Paul” by Jean-Pierre Renouard, New City Press, 2010.]

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