"When he (Judas) had left, Jesus said,
“Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him.
If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself,
and he will glorify him at once.
My children, I will be with you only a little while longer.
You will look for me, and as I told the Jews,
‘Where I go you cannot come,’ so now I say it to you.”
Simon Peter said to him, “Master, where are you going?”
Jesus answered him,
“Where I am going, you cannot follow me now,
though you will follow later.”
Peter said to him,
“Master, why can I not follow you now?
I will lay down my life for you.”
Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me?
Amen, amen, I say to you, the cock will not crow
before you deny me three times.” (JN 13:21-33, 36-38)
He said “you always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”
“Hosanna!Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is to come!Hosanna in the highest!” (Mk 11:9-10)
Lord, our Lenten path is almost complete. We ask that you guide us these last few days as we prepare ourselves for the highs and lows of celebrating your arrival on Palm Sunday and contemplating your death mere days later. We know that there is no limit to your love for us, and that you would rather endure the tortures of Hell for us than live in the paradise of heaven without us. We ask that you open our hearts and the hearts of those around us to be reconciled to you and to one another as we strive to bring this divided world together in your name. We ask this through Jesus christ, our Lord. Amen.
“The people picked up rocks to stone Jesus.” (John 10:31)
Loving God, we have been asked face our humanity and to let go and trust in your wisdom with love and hope. May we recognize you in all things. You are timeless and we wish to share in your glory. Give us the strength necessary to live in your name. Amen.
“Brothers and sisters: It is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats take away sins. For this reason, when Christ came into the world, he said: “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; in holocausts and sin offerings you took no delight. Then I said, ‘As is written of me in the scroll, behold, I come to do your will, O God.’” (Heb 10:4-7)
“The one who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone…” (John 8:29)
“Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” (Jn 8:7)
"All, from least to greatest, shall know me, says the LORD, for I will forgive their evildoing and remember their sin no more." (Jeremiah 31:34)
“God so loved the world that he gave his only son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
“…he did not wish to travel in Judea because the Jews were trying to kill him.” And later on in this passage it says “So they tried to arrest him, but no one laid a hand upon him, because his hour had not yet come.” (JN 7:1, 30)
Lord, thank you for helping Joseph in his dilemma. Help me to be like Joseph and listen to your solution. Amen.
“I cannot do anything on my own;
I judge as I hear, and my judgment is just,
because I do not seek my own will
but the will of the one who sent me.”
Today I wanted to speak to ask you, how are you honoring God?
Do you honor him just with words or with your actions? (JN 5:17-30)
Let us pray, Dear Jesus, please give us the strength and the patience to wait for you as this man did no matter how long the wait is. We love you Jesus. Amen.
Loving God, sometimes we wish we were present with you while you were on earth. But we know and believe that you are with us now. Help us to experience you in our everyday lives. Be present to us this day. Amen
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him might not perish
but might have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world might be saved through him." (Jn 3:16-17)
He says, “Two people went up to the temple to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector. The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, ‘O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity—greedy, dishonest, adulterous—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.’ But the tax collector stood off at a distance and would not even raise his eyes to heaven but beat his breast and prayed, ‘O God, be merciful to me a sinner.’ I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Lk 18:10-14)
“Listen to my voice; then I will be your God and you shall be my people”. (Jer 7:23)
" Listen to my voice; then I will be your God and you shall be my people". (Jeremiah 7:23)
"Love the Lord your God
with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind" and "Love your neighbor as yourself." (MT 22:37, 39)
Peter approached Jesus and asked him, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.” (MT 18:21)
Lord stir in my heart, encourage my faith that you will perform your mighty miracles in my life. Amen
"...Many began to believe in his name when they saw the signs Jesus was doing." (John 2:23)
As we travel with you this Lent, O Lord, instill in us your wisdom and humility so that we might lift ourselves out of the mud that bogs us down, turn away from the self-centeredness that makes life difficult for ourselves and those who care about us, and refocus our lives in our journey to your eternal dwelling place. The Lord is kind and merciful! Amen