Showing posts with label #Lent. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #Lent. Show all posts

2 Apr 2017

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Seventh Station: Jesus Bears the Cross

Reflection by Louise Crossley
When I gave birth for the first time, I felt that it was more than I could bear. I vividly remember fearing I could literally break in half. The other births, while still painful, where less overwhelming as my body was strengthened by past experience.

When I first experienced a broken heart, I thought I could not live on. The pain seeped through my body as though my heart was leaking venom that was poisoning my will to go on. While heartbreak is never easy, it gets a little less intense as a result of knowing what to expect or from bracing ourselves somewhat.

Jesus carrying the cross at this Station represents the impact of first times...read on: https://susannetimpani.blogspot.com.au/

31 Mar 2017

10 Minute Daily Retreat: Sixth Station: Jesus is Scourged and Crowned with Thorns

Then Pilate took Jesus and had him scourged. And the soldiers wove a crown out of thorns and placed it on his head, and clothed him in a purple cloak, and they came to him and said,"Hail, King of the Jews!" And they struck him repeatedly. John 19:1-3


By Margaret Kirchener
The bathroom seems so far away.
My arthritis has flared up and every step is torture.

I crawl through the house using a broom as a crutch. I desperately need my medication.

Everything else in my life fades. All that exists is me and the throbbing pain...

Read on:https://susannetimpani.blogspot.com.au/

26 Mar 2017

10 Minute Daily Retreat 5th Station: Jesus is judged by Pilate


Being judged and wrongly declared guilty is a horrible experience. I had a taste of this once when a valuable item went missing in my share household and everything pointed to me.

It's equally as devastating when you are judged and victimised for standing up for something you believe in. A sense of our own powerlessness can make us feel incredibly vulnerable and rejected.

What kind of God is willingly vulnerable to the opinions and judgements of humans? Standing before Pilate, was Jesus thinking about the divine power He could invoke to escape from the fate of death? Read on: 




24 Mar 2017

10 Minute Daily Retreat: Fourth (Scriptural) Station: Jesus is Denied by Peter

Then Peter remembered the word that Jesus had spoken: "Before the cock crows you will deny me three times." He went out and began to weep bitterly. Matthew 26: 69-75
  

When Jesus first met Peter, He fixed his gaze upon him and said, 'You are Simon, son of John; you will be called Peter'. (John 1:42)That was an experience of the grace of God in giving the fisherman a new vocation to proclaim the love and mercy of God.
Later on, Peter had a unique experience of grace with James and John when they witnessed the Transfiguration whereby the body of Jesus was transformed by Light. Matthew 17:1-13
Despite experiencing miracles, healings and the Transfiguration, Peter was still full of fear of death and therefore denied knowing Jesus in the courtyard. Read on: https://susannetimpani.blogspot.com.au/

19 Mar 2017

10 Minute Daily Retreat: Third Station (Scriptural) Jesus is condemned by the Sanhedrin

When day came, the assembly of the elders of the people, both chief priests and scribes, gathered together, and they brought him to their council. 
They said, “If you are the Messiah, tell us.”
He replied, “If I tell you, you will not believe; and if I question you, you will not answer. But from now on the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God.”
All of them asked, “Are you, then, the Son of God?” 
He said to them, “You say that I am.” 
Then they said, “What further testimony do we need? We have heard it ourselves from his own lips!” 


By the time Jesus got to the Sanhedrin, he had been deserted by his closest friends and betrayed by one of his disciples. Now he is standing before the Sanhedrin –the leaders of the people of God; priests of the Temple; God’s representatives on earth; defenders of the faith; shepherds of God's people. Of all, these should have recognised Him for who He was – the Son of God; if their eyes had been open! But they were not. These men were full of pride and greed and could not see that their God stood before them.

How easy it is for us to stand in condemnation of their blindness.... 
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12 Mar 2017

10 Minute Daily Retreat- 1st Station (Scriptural) of the Cross: Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane



The 10 Minute Daily Retreat will focus on the Scriptural Stations of the Cross during Lent, posting on Sundays and Fridays, and each day during Holy Week. 

Let us stay awake together because we all know that "that our spirit is willing, but our flesh is weak.”

Jesus chose to leave Peter and the two sons of Zebedee while He advanced into the garden to pray. He clearly felt the need to be alone with His Father in His final hour. 

When He returned to find his disciples asleep, why did He challenge them? 
Did He really need their support to manage His sorrow and distress? Read on: 
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5 Mar 2017

10 Minute Daily Retreat: Lent - "Can you drink this cup...?"

...“You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?”  “We can,” they answeredMatthew 20:22

I’m a nurse; I’ve seen people suffer. I’ve helped calm women as they experience the agony of childbirth.  I’ve administered morphine when the pain of cancer becomes too much to bare. I’ve held a mother as she wailed after the death of her child.

James and John want prestige, position and favouritism from Jesus. Instead he offers them suffering! And they accepted it. They went on to experience terrible suffering, and they persevered and endured.

Do we dare to sit before Jesus and allow Him to ask us, 'can you drink of this cup?'

During this season of Lent...read on: https://susannetimpani.blogspot.com.au/ 

Of Jesus Concealed

'In a world where there is so much noise, so much bewilderment, there is a need for silent adoration of Jesus concealed in the Host...