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Feb 22, 2020

Lenten Scripture Study, 3/8, 15 and 22


As we enter into the season of Lent, are you ready for a deepening of your relationship with God? What new things does God desire for you in this new season? How do you want to be different when you wake up on Easter morning?

During Lent there are special Gospel readings that are read on certain Sundays as part of the rituals for the Elect in RCIA; these are called the Scrutinies. These Gospel passages have many layers and rich symbolism that we often miss at first glance, even if we have heard them many times before. All are invited to encounter Jesus as He ministers to the Samaritan woman at the well, as He heals the man born blind, and as He raises Lazarus from the dead.

Video, First Session: The Woman

Lent Study: “SCRUTINY” – The WomanSunday, March 8th, 2020

Posted by St. Timothy Catholic Church on Sunday, March 8, 2020

Video, Second Session: The Blind Man

Lent Study: “SCRUTINY” – The Blind ManSunday, March 15th, 2020John 9:1-41Questions:- [ ] In what ways has faith opened your eyes to see yourself, your life and others differently?- [ ] What things are still areas of blindness or difficulty for you in your relationship with God?- [ ] The only thing you own is your sin. How does that statement impact you?- [ ] Have you ever felt “cast out” like the blind man? – [ ] What do you find most difficult in being bold an outspoken about your faith?- [ ] In what ways do you need healing?

Posted by St. Timothy Catholic Church on Sunday, March 15, 2020

Questions:
-In what ways has faith opened your eyes to see yourself, your life and others differently?
-What things are still areas of blindness or difficulty for you in your relationship with God?
-The only thing you own is your sin. How does that statement impact you?
-Have you ever felt “cast out” like the blind man?
-What do you find most difficult in being bold an outspoken about your faith?
-In what ways do you need healing?

Video, Third Session: Lazarus

Lent Study: “SCRUTINY” – LazarusSunday, March 22nd, 2020Chaplet of Divine Mercy: https://www.thedivinemercy.org/message/devotions/pray-the-chaplet Intention: To implore from the Almighty God an end to this epidemic, relief for those who are suffering, and eternal salvation of those whom the Lord has called to himself.1. Make the Sign of the CrossIn the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.2. Opening PrayerYou expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us. (Repeat three times) O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You!3. Our FatherOur Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, Amen.4. Hail MaryHail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen.5. The Apostles’ CreedI believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; He descended into hell; on the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.6. On the Large beads of Each Decade: The Eternal FatherEternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.7. On the 10 Small Beads of Each DecadeFor the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.8. Repeat for the remaining decadesSaying the "Eternal Father" (6) on the "Our Father" bead and then 10 "For the sake of His sorrowful Passion" (7) on the following "Hail Mary" beads.9. Holy God (Repeat three times)Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.10. Closing PrayerEternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion — inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.John 11:1-45Litany of trust: https://sistersoflife.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Mobile-Litany-of-Trust-English-1.pdf Litany of TrustFrom the belief that I have to earn Your love … Deliver me, Jesus.From the fear that I am unlovable … Deliver me, Jesus.From the false security that I have what it takes … Deliver me, Jesus.From the fear that trusting You will leave me more destitute … Deliver me, Jesus.From all suspicion of Your words and promises … Deliver me, Jesus.From the rebellion against childlike dependency on You … Deliver me, Jesus.From refusals and reluctances in accepting Your will … Deliver me, Jesus.From anxiety about the future … Deliver me, Jesus.From resentment or excessive preoccupation with the past … Deliver me, Jesus.From restless self-seeking in the present moment … Deliver me, Jesus.From disbelief in Your love and presence … Deliver me, Jesus.From the fear of being asked to give more than I have … Deliver me, Jesus.From the belief that my life has no meaning or worth … Deliver me, Jesus.From the fear of what love demands … Deliver me, Jesus.From discouragement … Deliver me, Jesus.That You are continually holding me, sustaining me, loving me … Jesus, I trust in you.That Your love goes deeper than my sins and failings, and transforms me …Jesus, I trust in you.That not knowing what tomorrow brings is an invitation to lean on You … Jesus, I trust in you.That You are with me in my suffering … Jesus, I trust in you.That my suffering, united to Your own, will bear fruit in this life and the next …Jesus, I trust in you.That You will not leave me orphan, that You are present in Your Church…Jesus, I trust in you.That Your plan is better than anything else … Jesus, I trust in you.That You always hear me, and in Your goodness always respond to me …Jesus, I trust in you.That You give me the grace to accept forgiveness and to forgive others …Jesus, I trust in you.That You give me all the strength I need for what is asked …Jesus, I trust in you.That my life is a gift … Jesus, I trust in you.That You will teach me to trust You … Jesus, I trust in you.That You are my Lord and my God … Jesus, I trust in you.That I am Your beloved one … Jesus, I trust in you.Questions for Reflection:-Have you ever felt like Mary & Martha: abandoned by God? -When you pray do you tell God what you need, or what you want Him to do? What is the difference between the two?-Do you trust God? Why or why not?-Are there areas of your life you still need to en-trust to God? What are they, and how might you begin to do that?-Which is greater in your life right now, your faith or your fear? Why?-In what ways is Jesus bringing resurrection and life to you today?

Posted by St. Timothy Catholic Church on Sunday, March 22, 2020

Study Material: Third Session

Chaplet of Divine Mercy

John 11:1-45

Litany of trust

Questions for Reflection:
-Have you ever felt like Mary & Martha: abandoned by God?
-When you pray do you tell God what you need, or what you want Him to do? What is the difference between the two?
-Do you trust God? Why or why not?
-Are there areas of your life you still need to en-trust to God? What are they, and how might you begin to do that?
-Which is greater in your life right now, your faith or your fear? Why?
-In what ways is Jesus bringing resurrection and life to you today?