Friday 8 April 2016

Living Faith Lent 2016 - Terence Hegarty

Living Faith Lent 2016
Terence Hegarty (Editor)
Creative Communications

This was my first time reading one of the Living Faith devotionals. It was very good. I did this one during my morning coffee at work during the week and at home on the weekends. Interestingly enough I have read a number of the contributors.  This one ended up on my recommended reads based on other books I had picked up. I am very thankful that I did.

To be honest it is a little simpler format than many of the other lent devotions I have experienced. There is no suggested action or penance each day. Instead you have a verse, a reflection and some reference passages. You can see an example day below.

Sample Day:

March 24 o Holy Thursday

In Communion

Our blessing-cup is a communion with the Blood of Christ. 1 Corinthians 10: 16 (responsorial psalm)

My school-aged sons really enjoy doing science demonstrations and experiments, and so our learning spaces are cluttered with microscopes and other lenses, magnets, iron filings, circuits, crystal-growing substances and much more.

Electricity is a favorite area to explore. To see a light bulb powered by nothing more than a lemon, a potato or a solution of some sort is always exciting. We learn that this weird (and still, to me, mysterious) power is nothing we create from nothing- it's in things. It's there, we simply tap into it- and no more darkness.

So it is with Communion. We often hear of the need to "create community," but the reality is something different. Our Lord creates community through his life, death and resurrection. As I look around the congregation at Mass tonight, as I contemplate my brothers and sisters around the world, I am amazed and grateful that Jesus has made us one. I don't do it. I can't. It's his sacrificial love binding us in his blood, dwelling within us to bind us as brothers and sisters and powering us when, into a dark world, ite missa est- we are sent.

Loving Jesus, help me live out the true, deep communion of the cross and the Eucharist.

Amy Welborn

Exodus 12: 1-8, 11-14 o Psalm 116: 12-13, 15-18 o 1 Corinthians 11: 23-26 o John 13: 1-15

It was a wonderful book and I look forward to trying it again or the advent one.

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