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Begin with Prayer, then someone read Romans 8:31, 33-39
If God is for us, who can be against us? … Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died – more than that, who was raised to life – is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: ‘For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loves us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, nothing in the present nor the future, nor any powers, no height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
- Read the Scripture again to yourself. Notice how you feel.
- Share a word, phrase or sense that touches you.
- Listen to the Reflection or Read the Script.
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“To see only God; to act only for God”
(A Founder Speaks, 59.5)
Simply use the questions as starters to guide your sharing.
What strikes you the most from the reflection and Scripture?
Lent is letting God assist us in a slow letting out of all that impairs my Christian growth to make room for ‘a spirit that is effectively new life and a renewed relationship’. How does that insight help you live Lent more fully?
Intentionally letting ourselves feel God’s extreme love, a love we can never deserve and never lose is utterly transforming. What helps you really take to heart God’s love for you?
When we know we are loved it shows. Who might you be prompted to visit, be present with, or what might you take a hand in, as a response to knowing you are loved?
Prayer is a response of love to love. How might the awareness of God’s love and mercy impact your prayer relationship?
Pray with and for each other then conclude with this prayer.
Mighty yet gentle God, Empower us to make space for your love. Fill us with the hope of Christ in our hearts; the hope that defeats death and darkness. Transform us forever, through knowing the life and light of Christ’s love. Help us to respond to Jesus and the Holy Spirit as Mary did.
Ever-loving God, the joy of the resurrection is beyond our imagining and cannot find expression in simple words. May we be sustained in love by the Risen One who fills us with joy and His desire to love and serve You every day.
May the Marist family be renewed in spirit and in members, both Lay and Religious. May we continue to step out to help others experience Christ and the wonder of His love and mercy.
We ask this in the name of Jesus, our Lord. St Joseph, pray for us. Mary, our Mother, our sister, our friend, and mentor, pray for us and all those we are invited to love. Amen