Third Lent Reflection for 2017

Wednesday, March 8, to Saturday, March 11


In his excellent little book, “Falling Upwards,” Richard Rohr explores the spiritual paths we follow or struggle to find. He quotes Joseph Campbell, from “The Hero with a Thousand Faces,” saying,

We have only to follow the thread of the hero path. Where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god; where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves; where we had thought to travel outwards, we shall come to the center of our own existence; where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world.

During Lent we have the opportunity to discern a different path, and to accept a different destination. This will require faith and will include surprises, both good and not so good. But if we follow the path given to us, we will learn a new way of seeing the world and gain a new way of relating to one another. These new ways will not leave us isolated in our exceptional knowledge, but rather will bind us soul to soul, heart to heart with ties that prevail over all other kinds of difference or distinction. We will learn to see the body of Christ as we learn to be the body of Christ.


Readings for Wednesday, March 8

  • Reading 1, Jonah 3:1-10
  • Responsorial Psalm, Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 18-19
  • Verse Before Gospel, Joel 2:12-13
  • Gospel, Luke 11:29-32
  • Click here to go to USCCB Readings for March 8.

Readings for Thursday, March 9

  • Reading 1, Esther C:12, 14-16, 23-25
  • Responsorial Psalm, Psalm 138:1-2AB, 2CDE-3, 7C-8
  • Verse Before Gospel, Psalm 51:12A, 14A
  • Gospel, Matthew 7:7-12
  • Click here to go to USCCB Readings for March 9.

Readings for Friday, March 10

  • Reading 1, Ezekiel 18:21-28
  • Responsorial Psalm, Psalm 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-7A, 7BC-8
  • Verse Before Gospel, Ezekiel 18:31
  • Gospel, Matthew 5:20-26
  • Click here to go to USCCB Readings for March 10.

Readings for Saturday, March 11

  • Reading 1, Deuteronomy 26:16-19
  • Responsorial Psalm, Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8
  • Verse Before Gospel, 2 Corinthians 6:2B
  • Gospel, Matthew 5:43-48
  • Click here to go to USCCB Readings for March 11.

Click here to go to March 5 – 7 …

Click here to go to March 12 – 14 …