By Jim Murray
Reflections Questions for Lent Cycle C
It can, at times, be difficult to deepen an important relationship if we do not give it sufficient time to reflect on its importance in our lives. Listed below are some reflection questions you can ponder over during the weeks of Lent. Always pray the scriptures of this season listed in the bulletin. It would be helpful to read the scriptures for the weekend before you answer the questions. My hope is that together as we walk this journey of Lent, we will foster a right relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. You may wish to cut this article out and place it near your bed or on the refrigerator, or some place where you will see it, like the bathroom mirror!
Ash Wednesday - March 6, 2019
How would you live this Lent if you knew it were your last?
What in your life causes division in your heart and your relationships?
What actions can you take this Lent to pledge your whole heart to God?
First Sunday of Lent - March 10, 2019
What helps you to remain steadfast in times of temptation?
During this Lenten season of fasting, how can you feast on the Word and presence of God?
How can you make this season more retreat-like in the way you live it individually?
Second Sunday of Lent - March 17, 2091 St. Patrick’s day
Where is God asking you to wait and be patient at this time in your life?
“This is my chosen Son; listen to him.” How do you listen to Jesus in daily life?
In your life, which places of darkness are longing for the light of Christ? How might you lift these places up to the light?
Third Sunday of Lent - March 24, 2019
“Here I am.” How have you experienced God’s call in your own life? What has been your response?
How does your family and/or community pass on their faith to younger generations?
What situations in your life are met with grumbling? How might you greet them in a different way?
We hear about the barren fig tree. Where in your life, family, or parish is there a lack of fruit being borne? How might you cultivate the ground to encourage fruitfulness?
Fourth Sunday of Lent - March 31, 2019 Laetare Sunday
Where do you feel shame or guilt over past transgressions?
Which figure in the parable of the Prodigal Son do you identify with the most at this point in your faith journey: the prodigal, the older son, or forgiving father? Why?
At this half-way point in our Lenten journey, how have you been living the spiritual practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving? Is there anything you would like to do differently for the second half of Lent?
Fifth Sunday of Lent - April 7, 2019
Where do you see God’s action bringing about something new?
How has your practice of fasting been this Lent? How has it enriched or affected your relationship with God and others?
How do you extend forgiveness to those who have committed a public sin?
How have you experienced giving and receiving mercy in your own life of faith?
Palm Sunday - April 14, 2019
Who are the weary in your parish or community? What words do they need to hear from us?
What spiritual practice helps you to empty yourself so as to make room for Jesus?
How do you experience Jesus’ presence in the Eucharist?
How will you set aside your regular routine these next eight days to enter into Holy Week?