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You may want to pray ahead of time about the coming Sunday's Mass. If so, this page is for you. “Getting Ready to Pray” is to help you quiet down and engage your imagination (not just your mind).

Getting Ready to Pray                     

For those preparing to enter the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil, the readings for this fourth Sunday of Lent (A) form the context for the Second Sunday of “the Scrutinies.”

The candidates for entrance are asked to, or more properly, invited to declare their personal belief in Jesus. The community will be reminded as well to affirm their own acceptance of Jesus as Lord.

Some Thoughts                     

Jesus has offered us a new view of life, death and resurrection as well.

We prepare for our celebrating the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus in the Eucharist, by celebrating how through Jesus we have come to see ourselves, others, all creation as wonderful gifts.

Jesus has offered us a new view of life, death and resurrection as well.

We have been called and chosen, not because of distinctions, achievements, family lineage, or personal attractiveness. God’s love is blind to such plastic categories.

We pray to receive more of the vision, the sight, the sensitivities which Jesus comes and came to share.

The problem is that we are so familiar with how we have looked at ourselves, others, creation, God, and life itself.

We pray to be unblinded and patient in our recovery process.

Larry Gillick, SJ

Larry Gillick, SJ, of Creighton University’s Deglman Center for Ignatian Spirituality, wrote this reflection for the Daily Reflections page on the Online Ministries web site at Creighton.

Art by Martin Erspamer, OSB
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