Knowing Christ & His Message through Scripture, the Catechism, & the Catholic Church

Holy Thursday…

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On the night He was betrayed…


What happened?




Matthew 26:17-75

Mark 14:12-72

Luke 22:7-62

John 13:1-18:27


10 Things You Need to Know about Holy Thursday

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Holy Week… Preparing for the God’s greatest acts of love…

Six days before Passover Jesus came to Bethany,
where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.
They gave a dinner for him there, and Martha served,
while Lazarus was one of those reclining at table with him.
Mary took a liter of costly perfumed oil
made from genuine aromatic nard
and anointed the feet of Jesus and dried them with her hair; the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.
Then Judas the Iscariot, one of his disciples,
and the one who would betray him, said,
“Why was this oil not sold for three hundred days’ wages
and given to the poor?”
He said this not because he cared about the poor
but because he was a thief and held the money bag
and used to steal the contributions.
So Jesus said, “Leave her alone.
Let her keep this for the day of my burial.
You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”

The large crowd of the Jews found out that he was there and came,
not only because of him, but also to see Lazarus,
whom he had raised from the dead.
And the chief priests plotted to kill Lazarus too,
because many of the Jews were turning away
and believing in Jesus because of him. jn 12:1-11

What are we willing to do for Jesus?  What can we give to Him?

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God knows what’s best for you…

“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:9).

God’s dream for your life is so much bigger than your own! He wants to bless you and enlarge your territory.

His ways and thoughts are so much higher than ours, and His plan is so much bigger than we can imagine.

Choose today to focus on the good things God has in store for you. Don’t allow the circumstances of life to drag your thoughts down. Choose to think God’s thoughts by meditating on His Word. Listen, Pray, Ask!

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5th Week of Lent

5th Week of Lent

How is your journey with Christ going? Are you still traveling the way of the Cross?

Take time this week to call on the Holy Spirit – to strengthen you, to guide you, to be with you on your journey…

Let us bless our Redeemer, who has brought us to this day of salvation.
Lord, create a new spirit within us.

Christ, our life, we were buried with you in baptism to rise from the dead;
lead us this day along the new path of life;
Lord, create a new spirit within us.

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You went everywhere, Lord, doing good for everyone;
help us to care for the common good of all.
Lord, create a new spirit within us.

Help us to work with other people to build the earthly city;
but never let us lose sight of your heavenly kingdom.
Lord, create a new spirit within us.

Healer of souls and bodies, mend our broken lives;
let us receive all the blessings of your holiness.
Lord, create a new spirit within us.

Lord our God, your Son so loved the world that he gave himself up to death for our sake. Strengthen us by your grace, and give us a heart willing to live by that same love. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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Christ’s Disciples

“To us he is the censure of our thoughts; merely to see him is a hardship for us. Because his life is not like other men’s, and different are his ways.”Wisdom 2:14-15


Can I follow Christ as His disciple? Am I willing to accept all that being a disciple of Christ entails?

 A Disciple of Christ gets so much more than the cartoon above indicates.  He/She gets eternal life, love, & happiness!



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Seeking, Searching, Finding…

Seek the Lord while he is still to be found, call to him while he is still near. Let the wicked man abandon his way, the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn back to the Lord who will take pity on him, to our God who is rich in forgiving. Isaiah 55:6-7

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If you do not live what you believe …

Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. ~Ephesians 5:1-2
  1. Do I pray regularly (daily)? Sustaining & Strengthening my relationship with God?
  2. Do I act as a child of God? Am I joyful? Am I grateful? Am I loving?
  3. Am I shallow &/or indifferent to the needs of others around me? How have I, or how will I make someone’s life a little more hopeful & joy-filled this day?
  4. Am I a Christian (an adopted child of God) in name only, or also in word & deed?


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Lord, transform our lives…

Prayers and intercessions

Blessed be God the Father. On this day of Lent he has given us the grace of offering the sacrifice of praise. Let us pray to him with confidence:
Lord, transform our lives by your divine teaching.

Almighty Father, grant us a spirit of prayer and penance;
grant that we may love you and one another.
Lord, transform our lives by your divine teaching.

Let us work with you to restore all things in Christ,
to renew the world through your justice and peace.
Lord, transform our lives by your divine teaching.

In the name of every creature under heaven we praise you;
teach us to respect all that you have made.
Lord, transform our lives by your divine teaching.

Forgive us for the times we have failed Christ in the poor;
have mercy on us in our weakness.
Lord, transform our lives by your divine teaching.

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The Purpose of Lent…

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The 7 Penitential Psalms

The Seven Penitential Psalms

During times when we wish to express repentance and especially during Lent, it is customary to pray the seven penitential psalms.  The penitential designation of these psalms dates from the seventh century.  Prayerfully reciting these psalms will help us to recognize our sinfulness, express our sorrow and ask for God’s forgiveness.

Psalm 6

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Psalm 32

Psalm 38

Psalm 51

Psalm 102

Psalm 130

Psalm 143




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M Crooks, Doctorate Pastoral Ministry: 2009-2012