A new Reflection is posted each Friday throughout Lent.
This year's Lenten Reflections were authored by Jane Regan, PhD, Associate Professor at the School of Theology and Ministry.
By reflecting on the Gospels for Ash Wednesday, the Sundays of Lent, and Easter we will explore the various modes of conversion and the way it comes to expression in our daily lives.
Lenten Reflections 2013
These Lenten reflections invite us to enter into the Gospel readings for Ash Wednesday and the Sundays of Lent. Reflecting on the Gospel readings opens us up to the themes of Lent and their meaning in our lives. At the heart of Lent is a call to conversion, an element present throughout the Gospels.
Most people have, at some point, made a judgment about someone based on appearance or behavior. What do you think contributes to an atmosphere where judging others is prevalent? What can you do to lessen the tendency in yourself or others?
The story of the Prodigal Son is probably one of the best known Gospel stories. What thoughts or feelings do you have with that story? With whom do you identify? Are you more the prodigal son or the older brother?
What importance do the words “repent” or “repentance” have for you? What feelings or thoughts do they provoke? How would you define those terms? How are they meaningful in your own life?
Are you a trusting person? Do you trust that people will do what they say? That things will work out in the end? How about trusting God? Reflect on an experience in which you were aware of trusting in God's presence and goodness. Think about a time in which it was difficult to trust in God. How were these experiences different? Trusting in God is at the heart of the Gospel reading for the first Sunday of Lent.
Reflect on some of the practices that shaped Lent in the past for you. Perhaps it was giving up something you enjoyed or taking on some spiritual practice for the duration of Lent. In what ways were these important to you? How did they help you enter into Lent?
"Listen to this!" we say to our friends as we tell them the latest news; "Listen to me." we say to our children to get their attention. Listening, really listening is an essential part of human communications. Think about a time when you really listened with care to what someone was saying to you. What made it possible for you to listen with care to the other person? What was going on around you and within you while you were really listening.