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HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

MASS TIMES

WEEKDAY MASS:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 7:00 am
Wednesday: 8:15 am and 12:15 pm
Saturday: 8:15 am
 

SUNDAY MASS:

Saturday: 5:00 pm
Sunday: 8:00 am, 10:00 am, 12:00 pm,
5:00 pm (Misa en Español)
 

CONFESSION:

Saturdays: 3:30 pm-4:30 pm
 

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION and BENEDICTION:

Fridays: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Chapel
 

DAY-LONG ADORATION

First Friday of each month
from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm
 

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Reflection
A few days ago we may have been told, “Repent, and believe in the Gospel,” as ashes were placed on our foreheads. We hear these words again in today’s Gospel. Lent is an appropriate occasion to consider our sins, promise to turn back to God, and place our trust in the One who has power over sin and death. As we begin the first week of Lent, let us take these words to heart.

“BETWEEN CONFLICT AND TEMPTATIONS”

Before describing miracles and ministry, Mark reports how the Spirit “drove” Jesus into the desert where he stayed for 40 days, letting himself be tempted by Satan. In that time he lived among the wild beasts, and angels served him. These short lines are a summary of the temptations or basic tests lived out by Jesus up until he was put to death on the cross.

Jesus didn’t have an easy or quiet life. Yes, he was guided by the Spirit, but he also felt the powers of evil in his own flesh. His passionate self-giving to God’s project has brought him to an existence torn by conflicts and tensions. It is from him that we his followers need to learn to live through times of testing.

  • The Spirit drove him into the desert … The Spirit doesn’t lead him toward a comfortable life. The Spirit brings him to paths of testing, dangers and temptations. It’s always risky to seek God’s reign and God’s justice, to announce God without falsification, to work for a more human world. It was risky for Jesus and will be for his followers.
  • He stayed there for 40 days … The desert represents the scene in which Jesus’ whole life takes place. This inhospitable and completely unwelcoming place symbolizes testing and difficulties. It’s the best place to learn to live by what’s essential, but also the most dangerous place for someone left abandoned to one’s own forces.
  • Tempted by Satan … Satan signifies the enemy, the power that is hostile to God and to those who work for God’s reign. In temptation one discovers that there is something in us of truth and lies, of light and darkness, of faithfulness to God and of complicity with injustice. Throughout his life, Jesus was aware of Satan in the most unexpected places. One day he rebukes Peter with these words: Get away from me, Satan, for your thoughts are not those of God . We need to live through times of testing, just like him, paying attention to what can lead us away from God.
  • And angels looked after him … The angels, the most kind beings in creation, suggest God’s closeness, the One who blesses, cares for and sustains him. Thus Jesus will live: defending himself from Antipas, the one called “Fox”, and seeking his Father’s power in his nocturnal prayer.

We need to live these difficult times with our eyes and heart fixed on Jesus. It is the Spirit of God that is driving us toward the desert at present. From this crisis will come one day a Church that is more human and more faithful to her Lord.​  (José Antonio Pagola)

 

Gospel: Mark 1:12-15

“The Beginning of Jesus’ Public Ministry”

 

The Spirit immediately drove Jesus out into the desert. He was in the desert forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him. Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”

 

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