Welcome to St. Luke’s 2022 Lenten Blog

From March 2 (Ash Wednesday) thru April 17 (Easter Sunday) parishioners of St. Luke’s will be sharing their reflections on the daily readings.
We invite you to click on any of the reflections below and enjoy.

Mary Magdalene and Easter at St Luke’s, Balm for my Soul

Mary Magdalene and Easter at St Luke’s, Balm for my Soul

Home > Lenten Blog 2022 Mary Magdalene and Easter at St Luke’s, Balm for my Soul April 17, 2022 Isaiah 65:17-25 | 1 Corinthians 15:19-26  | Acts 10:34-43 | John 20:1-18 or Luke 24:1-12 | Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24Eight years ago, when my husband and I decided to move to...

A test of faith indeed!

A test of faith indeed!

Home > Lenten Blog 2022 A test of faith indeed!April 16, 2022 Genesis 1:1-2:4a [The Story of Creation] | Genesis 7:1-5, 11-18, 8:6-18, 9:8-13 [The Flood] | Genesis 22:1-18 [Abraham's sacrifice of Isaac] | Exodus 14:10-31; 15:20-21 [Israel's deliverance at the Red...

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Home > Lenten Blog 2022 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? April 15, 2022 Isaiah 52:13-53:12  |  Hebrews 10:16-25 or Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9  |  John 18:1-19:42  |  Psalm 22My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?Psalm 22:1These words of anguish and...

Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.

Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.

Home > Lenten Blog 2022 Unless I wash you, you have no share with me. April 14, 2022   Click photo to enlarge Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14  |  1 Corinthians 11:23-26  |  John 13:1-17, 31b-35  |  Psalm 116:1, 10-17It has been many years since I...

He can be my castle and stronghold.

He can be my castle and stronghold.

Home > Lenten Blog 2022 He can be my castle and stronghold. April 12, 2022 Isaiah 49:1-7  |  1 Corinthians 1:18-31  |  John 12:20-36  |  Psalm 71:1-14For a variety of reasons, I’ve been thinking a lot about shame recently. One reason is that Tim and I had the...

Courage to Choose Love

Courage to Choose Love

Home > Lenten Blog 2022 Courage to Choose LoveApril 11, 2022 Isaiah 42:1-9 | Hebrews 9:11-15 | John 12:1-11 | Psalm 36:5-11 In today’s Gospel from John, we are invited to sit at the dinner table of Lazarus. Two of the prominent individuals at the dinner are Mary...

Will You Walk with Jesus?

Home > Lenten Blog 2022 Will You Walk with Jesus? April 10, 2022  The Liturgy of the PalmsLuke 19:28-40 | Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29The Liturgy of the WordIsaiah 50:4-9a | Philippians 2:5-11 | Luke 22:14-23:56 or Luke 23:1-49 | Psalm 31:9-16Sunday of the Passion – Palm...

Mary? Mary Who? Which Mary?

Mary? Mary Who? Which Mary?

Home > Lenten Blog 2022 Mary? Mary Who? Which Mary? April 9, 2022 Ezekiel 37:21–28 | John 11:45–53 | Psalm 85:1–7 In my Irish Catholic family, I can count at least six immediate Aunt Marys:  my Mom’s sister Aunt Mary Sommer, my Dad’s sister Aunt Mary Gumper, two of...

I Called upon the LORD in my distress

I Called upon the LORD in my distress

Home > Lenten Blog 2022 I Called upon the LORD in my distressApril 8, 2022 Jeremiah 20:7–13 | John 10:31–42 | Psalm 18:1–7Psalm 18:6-76  I called upon the Lord in my distress *and cried out to my God for help.7  He heard my voice from his heavenly dwelling; *my cry...

Rocking Our Souls

Rocking Our Souls

Home > Lenten Blog 2022 Rocking Our Souls April 7, 2022 Genesis 17:1–8 | John 8:51–59  | Psalm 105:4–11Rock-a my soul in the bosom of Abraham,Rock-a my soul in the bosom of Abraham,Rock-a my soul in the bosom of Abraham,Oh, rock-a my soul!As memories are wont to...

“Let Him deliver us”

Home > Lenten Blog 2022 “Let Him deliver us”April 6, 2022 Daniel 3:14–20,24–28 | John 8:31–42 | Canticle 13 These readings, at first glance, seem a little all over the place. They aren’t – but I’ll get to that in a minute. First, I have to say that the story of...

Praise the Lord anyway.

Praise the Lord anyway.

Home > Lenten Blog 2022 Praise the Lord anyway. April 5, 2022 Numbers 21:4–9 | John 8:21–30 | Psalm 102:15–22“Let this be written for a future generationSo that a people yet unborn may praise the Lord”Sometime around the  9th – 5th century before Christ was even...

Once upon a time they lived happily ever after.

Once upon a time they lived happily ever after.

Home > Lenten Blog 2022 Once upon a time they lived happily ever after.April 3, 2022 Isaiah 43:16-21 | Philippians 3:4b-14 | John 12:1-8 | Psalm 126When I was an elementary counselor working in classrooms, I used puppets to tell and illustrate stories. At the...

Living Water

Living Water

Home > Lenten Blog 2022 Living Water April 2, 2022 Jeremiah 11:18–20 | John 7:37–52| Psalm 7:6–11In John Chapter 7, Jesus cries out to the crowds at a festival, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes me drink. As the scripture has said,...

My heart is with the Ukrainian people.

My heart is with the Ukrainian people.

Home > Lenten Blog 2022 My heart is with the Ukrainian people.April 1, 2022 Wisdom 2:1a,12–24 | John 7:1–2,10,25–30 | Psalm 34:15–22I pondered today’s readings while digesting the latest news from Ukraine. I thought particularly of footage showing parents kissing...

God’s promise of love, forgiveness and renewal…

God’s promise of love, forgiveness and renewal…

Home > Lenten Blog 2022 God’s promise of love, forgiveness and renewal...March 31, 2022 Exodus 32:7–14 | John 5:30–47  | Psalm 106:6–7,19–23After reading the Exodus 32:7–14 lesson, I wondered for a few days as to what it all meant and if it made sense. At first...

Loving God – Judging God

Loving God – Judging God

Home > Lenten Blog 2022 Loving God – Judging God March 30, 2022 Isaiah 49:8–15 | John 5:19–29 | Psalm 145:8–19I find the readings today to be in challenging juxtaposition. In Psalm 145, 8-19, we get a God who has our back. This God satisfies the needs of every...

Stand up, take your mat and walk.

Stand up, take your mat and walk.

Home > Lenten Blog 2022 Stand up, take your mat and walk.March 29, 2022 Ezekiel 47:1–9,12 | John 5:1–18 | Psalm 46:1–8In today’s Gospel from John, Jesus encounters a man at the pool of Beth-zatha in Jerusalem who had been lame for 38 years. After Jesus asks him if...

Hope restored.

Hope restored.

Home > Lenten Blog 2022 Hope restored.March 27, 2022 Joshua 5:9-12 | 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 | Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 | Psalm 32Psalm 32Beati quorum (Blessed are those)1 Happy are they whose transgressions are forgiven, and whose sin is put away!2 Happy are they to whom...

Offer ourselves as a living sacrifice to God

Offer ourselves as a living sacrifice to God

Home > Lenten Blog 2022 Offer ourselves as a living sacrifice to GodMarch 26, 2022 Hosea 6:1–6 | Luke 18:9–14 | Psalm 51:15–20I give you all of me, nothing do I hold back, of all my love is now yours.All of me now I surrender to your complete care.From what I no...

Discover what we can do to help move God’s world

Discover what we can do to help move God’s world

Home > Lenten Blog 2022 Discover what we can do to help move God’s worldMarch 25, 2022 Isaiah 7:10-14 | Psalm 45 | or Psalm 40:5-10 | or Canticle 15 (or 3) | Hebrews 10:4-10 | Luke 1:26-38My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,my spirit rejoices in God my...

God’s grace and forgiveness is there for the asking.

God’s grace and forgiveness is there for the asking.

Home > Lenten Blog 2022 God’s grace and forgiveness is there for the asking. March 24, 2022 This command I gave them, “Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people; and walk only in the way that I command you, so that it may be well with you. ...

Guidebook For The Ages

Guidebook For The Ages

Home > Lenten Blog 2022 Guidebook For The AgesMarch 23, 2022 Deuteronomy 4:1–2,5–9 | Matthew 5:17–19 | Psalm 78:1–6Recently I experienced many frustrations trying to locate sources that would help me solve some of my household problems in determining if the things...

We should remember to forgive as we are wanting to be forgiven.

We should remember to forgive as we are wanting to be forgiven.

Home > Lenten Blog 2022 We should remember to forgive as we are wanting to be forgiven. March 22, 2022 Song of the Three Young Men 2–4,11–20a | Matthew 18:21–35 | Psalm 25:3–10Peter came and said to Jesus, "Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how...

The Thirsty Soul:  Psalm 42: 1-7

The Thirsty Soul: Psalm 42: 1-7

Home > Lenten Blog 2022 The Thirsty Soul:  Psalm 42: 1-7March 21, 2022 2 Kings 5:1–15b | Luke 4:23–30 | Psalm 42:1–7As the deer longs for the water-brooks, so longs my soul for you, O God.’It is a beautiful, yet compelling image, this first verse of Psalm 42. One...

Find him in our suffering and accept the love and grace he provides.

Find him in our suffering and accept the love and grace he provides.

Home > Lenten Blog 2022 Find him in our suffering and accept the love and grace he provides. March 20, 2022 Exodus 3:1-15 | 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 | Luke 13:1-9 | Psalm 63:1-8People who have suffered loss or trauma often refer to the event as having tested their...

To raise men of faith that will leave this world a better place.

To raise men of faith that will leave this world a better place.

Home > Lenten Blog 2022 To raise men of faith that will leave this world a better place. March 19, 2022 2 Samuel 7:4,8-16  | Romans 4:13-18 | Luke 2:41-52 | Psalm 89:1-29 or 89:1-4, 26-29As a mother, I often think about the incredible responsibility that Mary must...

What Did Jesus Say?

What Did Jesus Say?

Home > Lenten Blog 2022 What Did Jesus Say?March 18, 2022 Genesis 37:3–4,12–28 | Matthew 21:33–43 | Psalm 105:16–22Thank You, God, for the gift of Lent, a time for deep introspection. In these days of plague, insurrection, murder, and war, not to mention serious...

Cornerstone

Cornerstone

Home > Lenten Blog 2022 Cornerstone March 18, 2022 Genesis 37:3–4,12–28  |  Matthew 21:33–43  |  Psalm 105:16–22 The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is amazing in our...

Our roots spread to all we touch and we bear fruit and prosper.

Our roots spread to all we touch and we bear fruit and prosper.

Home > Lenten Blog 2022 Our roots spread to all we touch and we bear fruit and prosper. March 17, 2022 Jeremiah 17:5–10 | Luke 16:19–31 | Psalm 1Jeremiah 17:5–10Blessed are those who trust in the Lord,whose trust is the Lord.They shall be like a tree planted by...

Work with God as our partner

Work with God as our partner

Home > Lenten Blog 2022 Work with God as our partnerMarch 16, 2022 Jeremiah 18:1–11,18–20 | Matthew 20:17–28 | Psalm 31:9–16Lent is a time to reflect on what God needs of us. Loving God above all things is the basis of our faith. We should love and take care of our...

Live humbly before Almighty God and He will bless your life.

Home > Lenten Blog 2022 Live humbly before Almighty God and He will bless your life. March 15, 2022 Isaiah 1:2–4,16–20 | Matthew 23:1–12 | Psalm 50:7-15,22-23Psalm 50:23We can offer to GOD our sacrifices:We make sacrifices, offerings, vows and pledges and as long...

I give my life freely to God.

Home > Lenten Blog 2022 I give my life freely to God. March 14, 2022 Daniel 9:3–10 | Luke 6:27–38 | Psalm 79:1–9The Gospel Luke 6:27-38 is one I am very familiar with in my spiritual journey because it is one I struggle with the most. In my life, I am often treated...

“How can I keep from singing?”

“How can I keep from singing?”

Home > Lenten Blog 2022 “How can I keep from singing?” March 13, 2022 Genesis 15:1-12,17-18 | Philippians 3:17-4:1 | Luke 13:31-35 | Psalm 27 Of all the readings assigned for this 2nd Sunday of Lent, the one & only thing that kept drawing me back was this...

“…pray for those who persecute you…”

“…pray for those who persecute you…”

Home > Lenten Blog 2022 “…pray for those who persecute you…” March 12, 2022 Deuteronomy 26:16–19 | Matthew 5:43–48 | Psalm 119:1–8Scripture Matthew 5:43-48   “…pray for those who persecute you…”How easy it is to pray for ourselves or for those who don’t persecute...

We should not be afraid of our shortcomings

We should not be afraid of our shortcomings

Home > Lenten Blog 2022 We should not be afraid of our shortcomings March 11, 2022 Ezekiel 18:21–28 | Matthew 5:20–26 | Psalm 130I am guilty of calling people fools. And worse. The readings set for today call to mind that “sin” (what one priest told me is “missing...

Ask, search, and knock.

Ask, search, and knock.

Home > Lenten Blog 2022 Ask, search, and knock. March 10, 2022 Esther (Apocrypha) 14:1–6,12–14 | Matthew 7:7–12 | Psalm 138I imagine that we have all faced crises in our lives and floundered, flailed about, or sunk into some state of despair as we dealt with the...

Running away

Running away

Home > Lenten Blog 2022 Running away March 9, 2022 Jonah 3:1–10 | Luke 11:29–32 | Psalm 51:11–18Scripture readings assigned for today focus on the story of Jonah. If you haven’t heard the story for a while, let me remind you…when the word of the Lord first came to...

Moving forward, in tune with the music of God

Home > Lenten Blog 2022 Moving forward, in tune with the music of God March 8, 2022 Isaiah 55:6–11 | Matthew 6:7–15 | Psalm 34:15–22When reading today’s scripture many words jumped out at me- seek, call, return, and God will do the rest. But as I thought I realized...

Can you teach an old dog new tricks?

Can you teach an old dog new tricks?

Home > Lenten Blog 2022 Can you teach an old dog new tricks? March 7, 2022 Leviticus 19:1–2,11–18  |  Matthew 25:31–46  |  Psalm 19:7–14A not-so-easy read…Psalm 19:7–14Having read and re-read this psalm, I profess an utter inability to grasp its overall message at...

What did Jesus do for forty days?

What did Jesus do for forty days?

Home > Lenten Blog 2022 What did Jesus do for forty days? March 6, 2022 Deuteronomy 26:1-11 | Romans 10:8b-13 | Luke 4:1-13 | Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16What did Jesus do during his forty days in the wilderness? He had just been baptized and had been declared God’s son and...

Spread the love of Jesus to others

Spread the love of Jesus to others

Home > Lenten Blog 2022 Spread the love of Jesus to others March 5, 2022 Isaiah 58:9b–14 | Luke 5:27–32 | Psalm 86:1–11Luke 5:27-32In this gospel reading, we learn of a tax collector for the Roman Empire named Levi. Jesus walks by Levi and tells him to follow Him....

Preparing for the paths God will give us to walk in the year ahead.

Home > Lenten Blog 2022 Preparing for the paths God will give us to walk in the year ahead. March 3, 2022 Deuteronomy 30:15–20 | Luke 9:18–25 | Psalm 1In the collect for this second day of Lent we ask our Lord to direct us in all we do, that our works may begin,...

I’ll take one giant slice of Humble Pie, please.

I’ll take one giant slice of Humble Pie, please.

Home > Lenten Blog 2022 I’ll take one giant slice of Humble Pie, please. March 2, 2022 Joel 2:1-2,12-17 or Isaiah 58:1-12 | 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 | Matthew 6:1-6,16-21 | Psalm 103 or 103:8-14As I read the Ash Wednesday lectionary for 2022, I couldn’t help but to...

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