(thanks to Catholic Update)


ASH WEDNESDAY: Jl 2:12–18; 2 Cor 5:20—6:2; Mt 6:1–6, 16–18

St. Paul says, “Now is the day of salvation.” Yet often we live in the past or future. Today, try living in the present. If chopping celery, chop celery. If talking with someone, pay attention. Seek God in every now.


THURSDAY: Dt 30:15–20; Lk 9:22–25

“Choose life,” says Moses. Jesus invites us to choose him. Jesus adds: “Deny [your]self and take up [your] cross daily and follow me.” Sacrifice one small pleasure today. Bear a cross without grumbling.


FRIDAY: Is 58:1–9a; Mt 9:14–15

Isaiah reveals the fasting God desires: free the oppressed, share bread with the hungry, shelter the homeless, clothe the naked. How might you do this? Praise someone, support a food bank, donate clothing.


SATURDAY: Is 58:9b–14; Lk 5:27–32

Jesus angered others by keeping company with tax collectors, lepers, prostitutes. What company do you keep? Is it time to broaden your circle?


FIRST SUNDAY: (A) Mt 4:1–11; (B) Mk 1:12–15; (C) Lk 4:1–13

Satan tempts Jesus to use his powers for personal gain, seek fame and fortune, and live a spectacular lifestyle. How can you imitate Jesus’ choice to use his powers to benefit others and to live simply and humbly?


MONDAY: Lv 19:1–2, 11–18; Mt 25:31–46

Jesus says, “Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” Who are the least ones today? Do something kind for a “least” one.


TUESDAY: Is 55:10–11; Mt 6:7–15

When we pray the Our Father, we ask for seven things. God already knows what we need, so why ask? In asking, we may discover our deepest longings. Ask God for something today—something deep.


WEDNESDAY: Jon 3:1–10; Lk 11:29–32

Jonah does what God asks him to do and preaches in Nineveh. Remember, this was the second time God asked him. Thank God for giving you second chances. Give someone another chance.


THURSDAY: Est C:12, 14–16, 23–25; Mt 7:7–12

“Seized with mortal anguish,” Queen Esther begs God for courage. What causes you anguish— illness, finances, relationships, terrorism? Beg God for courage to face fear.


FRIDAY: Ez 18:21–28; Mt 5:20–26

Ezekiel says God forgives the sinner who repents—no matter how awful the sin. All sins are forgivable—at least by God. Forgive someone who has wronged you. Jesus shows you how.


SATURDAY: Dt 26:16–19; Mt 5:43–48

Jesus’ standard is high: “Love your enemies.” This is harder than saying prayers or performing rituals. Where are you on the ladder of love? Is God asking you to move up a rung?