Let Lent Begin

Today is Ash Wednesday. There’s an extra 12:05p Mass in addition to the normal 9:30p Mass. Let us throw aside earthly things in pursuit of the heavenly. If you didn’t get the word or need a reminder, everyone in our Newman Center community is encouraged to do two things this Lent:

  1. Make a sincere Confession.
  2. Join a Bible study.

Can you do that?

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The Gospel reading for today (Matt 6:1-6, 16-18):

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Take care not to perform righteous deeds
in order that people may see them;
otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father.
When you give alms,
do not blow a trumpet before you,
as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets
to win the praise of others.
Amen, I say to you,
they have received their reward.
But when you give alms,
do not let your left hand know what your right is doing,
so that your almsgiving may be secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

“When you pray,
do not be like the hypocrites,
who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners
so that others may see them.
Amen, I say to you,
they have received their reward.
But when you pray, go to your inner room,
close the door, and pray to your Father in secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

“When you fast,
do not look gloomy like the hypocrites.
They neglect their appearance,
so that they may appear to others to be fasting.
Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you fast,
anoint your head and wash your face,
so that you may not appear to be fasting,
except to your Father who is hidden.
And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.”

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What Are You Giving up for Lent?

What are you giving up for Lent? When we hear this question, we register the “what” of Lent instead of the “why.” You see, the reason we forgo the things of this world is to open our hearts to the things beyond this world. When we say “no” to something inherently good, we have room to say “yes” to the Creator of good. When we sacrifice the earthly, we have more time for reaching the heavenly.

Join with our community at the Newman Center by replacing all of the good things we give up with two great things from God.

First, let’s commit to experiencing God’s mercy and love by making a sincere confession at least once during the 40 days. There’s confession on campus at the Newman Center, or you can go to a nearby parish.

Second, let’s choose daily this Lent to make the Word of God a part of our lives by reading the Bible every day (even if it’s just for 5 minutes) or joining a Lenten Bible study.

This Lent, let’s open our hearts to the grace that God delivers.

40 Days to Change Your Life

February 13 to March 30:

  1. Give up something good but not essential (e.g. give up television, not sleep).
  2. Invite Jesus to fill the place in your heart that was once occupied by what you’re giving up.
  3. Make a sincere Confession. Every Catholic Church in the Diocese of Tulsa will have Confession every Tuesday in Lent, 6-7p.
  4. Read the Bible for five weeks. Participate in a Bible study. Just fill out this card and return it to a FOCUS missionary, a peer minister, or Father Kerry.

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