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Sister Rea McDonnell, SSND, offers daily reflections on the Liturgical Readings for each day. If you wish to share your own reflections or have comments or questions, please feel free to email Sister Rea. For information about Sister Rea's publications, visit our online gift shop.


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This week's Lenten Reflections come to us from various women who are credited after each reflection.
Sunday, April 2, 2006
Fifth Sunday in Lent
Jeremiah 31:31-34; Hebrews 5:7-9; John 12:20-33

In today's readings we are reminded that God's promise of a new covenant is fulfilled in the beloved son of God, Jesus. Jesus models for us an obedience based on absolute love and trust of God--no matter what is asked.

How is God calling me at this moment of my life?

"Here I am, oh God, I come to do your will." This is our mantra for the day.

Patricia Flynn, SSND


Monday, April 3, 2006
Daniel 13: 1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62; John 8:1-11

Today's Scriptures focus on women and the oppression of women caught in any patriarchal system. In both readings God through others saves their lives. Claim your goodness, strength, beauty, freedom this day, every day.

Speak up for yourself and for someone else if an occasion calls you to do so!

"Oh God, strengthen me!"

Patricia Flynn, SSND


Tuesday, April 4, 2006
Numbers 21:4-9, Ps.102, John 8:21-30

Jesus said to the Pharisees "The one who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, because I always do what is pleasing to him."

How has this been your experience? Today take some time to remember and thank God for his graciousness and fidelity to you.

Constance Carrigan, SSND

Wednesday, April 5, 2006
Dan 3: 14-20, 91-92, 95, Dan 3:52-56, John 8:31-42

Threats will haunt us until we are able to recognize them for what they are. The three wise men facing wicked King Nebuchadnezzar were not haunted. With the death threat, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego did not forsake their strong faith and loyalty to the one true God. Their God welcomed them with ultimate peace.

How do you react when threatened by indecisions, weakening relationships, ill health or seeming dryness in prayer? Do you find the hand of God keeping you steady? How well are you walking in the midst of struggle with the Lord this Lent?

Blessed be God. Blessed be God.

Carolyn Stoe, SSND

Thursday, April 6, 2006
Genesis 17:3-9, Ps.105, John 8:51-59

God's covenant! "I will be your God and you will be my people." Jesus promises us LIFE if we keep God's word.

What new life have you received this Lent because you have been faithful to God's word?

Constance Carrigan, SSND

Friday, April 7, 2006
Jer 20: 10-13, Ps 18: 2-7, John 10:31-42

We know that all we need to do is to call on God and God will hear us, but how often do we act on this belief? When we feel alone or unsupported do we realize that God is with us? Jesus experienced our aloneness or lack of support. He was criticized, misjudged and attacked in many ways as he lived out his Father's will. When his enemies did not believe in him he asked them to believe in his works. Unfortunately, some of us are not open enough to see goodness in our lives even when it is the work of the Lord.

Am I able to see God working in me and in the lives around me? Am I certain that God loves me?

Bernadine Gutacker, SSND

Saturday, April 8, 2006
Ezekiel 37:21-28, Jer 31:10-13, John 11:45-56

God is still our God and we are still God's people. He is present in each of our lives everyday. How is God present in your life today? He has much to say to us but we must listen carefully in order to hear the unexpected ways God reveals himself to us. The busy-ness of our lives may make it difficult to hear God's message.

What is God saying to you today? Through Jeremiah we are promised that our mourning will be turned to joy. Have we experienced this in our lives? This joy has been promised to us.

Ellen Fitzsimmons, SSND

Last updated: Sunday, 9 April, 2006 3:39 PM

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