Second Sunday of Lent

Sunday, March 17th


Gn 15: 5-12. 17-18
Ps 27: 1. 7-8. 8-9. 13-14
Phil 3: 17 — 4: 1 or 3: 20 — 4: 1
Lk 9: 28b-36


What will it take for me to become fully awake? The kind of awake that practices generous gratitude. The kind of awake that takes heart – not a hike – when life is in any way diminished. What will it take for me to leave my safe mountain top tent where I meet God and head on down into the thick of life’s graces and hurts to speak out, do something – anything – to practice what I pray about? And what if I speak and act with others? Imagine gratitude multiplied a hundredfold. Imagine raising up all life – no exceptions. Holy Moses and Elijah! It’s going to take a lifetime, not to be confused with Spirit-saturated faith, a contemplative heart, and Gospel courage! Sure, I’ll mess up now and then, but no one ever said it would be easy, only a holy adventure that can’t help but cause transforming energies. Spoiler alert: Practicing being fully awake begins (again) right now. Lk. 9:32: Become fully awake


Holy God, envelop me in your cloud of love. Infuse me with Gospel courage. Energize me to take heart – not a hike – to practice down-to-earth gratitude. Guide my actions that they may heal rather than hurt.

Personal Challenge

Today I will speak with gratitude, listen with respect and practice what I prayed about.

Barbara Dreher, CSJ
St. Louis, MO

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