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Stations of the Cross
|Bruce Onobrakpeya Urhobo, Nigeria|
Stations of the Cross - Source
The Station reflections which we use are by Fr Richard Furey CSsR. They are called Mary's Stations as they follow the mother of Jesus as she walks the road to Calvary, where Jesus was crucified, emphasizing her sense of surrender: "I knew it had to be, so I walked on silently." Enter an intimate journey of faith through a deep reflection that will unite one's pain and suffering with Jesus on the cross through the sorrowful heart of His Mother.
For those that are interested the text of the reflections are available here.
We have also created a podcast of the Stations from this mornings show for those that just want to listen to the Stations today or again during Lent - HERE.
Gospel - John 2:13-25 - The Cleansing of the Temple
|Source: Christ Cleansing the Temple (Jeffrey Weston)|
In and of themselves what was happening was not wrong, they were facilitating the proper liturgical worship in the Temple but they were exploiting those that came to worship. Jesus full of zeal for his Fathers house is dismayed to see the impediments and abuses being put in the way of those striving to participate and encounter the Lord in the Temple and how burdens and obstructions have been put in the way of encountering the Lord as set out in the Jewish tradition. He drives out the animals and over turns the tables of the money changers but we don't hear that he drove people out, rather just the things that were causing chaos and confusion in the Court of the Gentiles. Jesus would never seek to drive people away from the House of His Father, his mission was to bring us back to the love of the Father.
Have we truly allowed space in our lives, our hearts - the Temple of the Holy Spirit in us - or are there distractions and things in the way? Are we just observing the external niceties of our faith or are we truly making space for God this Lenten season?
Other reflections on this weeks gospel:
Word on Fire
Saints of the Week
Psalter - Week 3
March 11th - Bl Thomas Atkinson (one of the 85 martyrs of England, Wales and Scotland)
March 12th - St Peter of Nicomedia (martyr) St Mura of Fahan
March 13th - St Gerald
March 14th - 47 Martyrs of Rome
March 15th - St Louise de Marillac
March 16th - Bl Robert Dalby (Martyr)
March 17th - St Patrick, Apostle of Ireland, Patron of Emigrants (Solemnity in Ireland)