25 Feb 2017

26th February 2017 - Pope Francis message for Lent 2017

On this weeks programme we begin our entry into Lent 2017 by reflecting on the message of Pope Francis for Lent 2017. We have our regular reflection on this Sunday's gospel as well as other liturgical odds and ends.

You can listen to the podcast of this weeks programme HERE.

Pope Francis' message for Lent 2017

On this weeks programme Shane and John reflect on the preparations for Lent 2017 using Pope Francis's message for Lent 2017.

The Pope's message focus' on the theme "The Word is a gift. Other persons are a gift" and is a reflection on the parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man in the gospel of Luke.

You can read Pope Francis message HERE.

Gospel - Matthew 6:24-34

Jesus said to his disciples:"No one can serve two masters.He will either hate one and love the other,or be devoted to one and despise the other.You cannot serve God and mammon.
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life,what you will eat or drink,or about your body, what you will wear.Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?Look at the birds in the sky;they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns,yet your heavenly Father feeds them.Are not you more important than they?Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?Why are you anxious about clothes?Learn from the way the wild flowers grow.They do not work or spin.But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendorwas clothed like one of them.If God so clothes the grass of the field,which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow,will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?So do not worry and say, 'What are we to eat?'or 'What are we to drink?'or 'What are we to wear?'All these things the pagans seek.Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,and all these things will be given you besides.Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself.Sufficient for a day is its own evil."
Reflections on this weeks gospel:

Word on Fire
Sunday Reflections
English Dominicans
Centre for Liturgy

Liturgical odds & ends

Liturgy of the Hours: Psalter week 4

Saints of the Week

As this Wednesday marks the beginning of the joyful season of Lent, liturgically during the penitential season memorials of the saints are classified as commemorations.

27th February - St Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows
28th February - St Hilary
1st March - Ash Wednesday - Day of fast & abstinence
2nd March - St Chad of Mercia
3rd March - St Marinus of Caesarea
4th March - St Casimir of Poland

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