WEEK FIVE: LOVING GOD’S LAW

5TH sunday of lent: LOVING GOD’S LAW ignition talk

Many people view God’s commands as burdensome, but there is a way to come to love them. Jennifer Sagel walks through how that transition can be made.

REFLECTION POINTS:

  • Even if you haven’t necessarily articulated the exact words, have you ever wondered, “What could God possibly want to do with me?” Take some time to pray through this feeling and allow Him to answer the question.
  • This is the link for The Chosen Season One Episode 8 that Jennifer references. The episode itself begins at 11:07, and the scene of the Woman at the Well begins at 51:17. As you watch, see how God’s reaches out to you the same way that He reaches out to her. Also note the freedom, joy, exuberance and thrill that she displays after her conversation with Jesus. https://youtu.be/8lk4yq1f6DY
  • Make a plan to get to reconciliation. Put in on your calendar now and commit to prayerfully reviewing what you need to say as the days lead up to your appointment. Jesus is waiting for you.
  • If you want or need, click on the link below to find an examination of conscience that pertains to your state in life and prayerfully review it. https://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/sacraments-and-sacramentals/penance/examinations-of-conscience

MONDAY: LOVING GOD’S LAW SPARK TALK

Craig Dinges speaking on coming to understand the gift of God’s Law.

REFLECTION POINTS:

  • When life is out of control, like it can be sometimes, are you willing to consider that God’s laws can provide a comforting source of guidance and direction? Can you see how God’s structure provides life?
  • On a day to day basis do you find that you try to follow God’s Law or do you try to create your own framework in which your life works?
  • Are you willing to step forward and to truth the Lord? To believe that what He asks for will bring about your greatest good through both the ups and the downs of life? Are you willing to let God give you peace as you deepen your relationship with Him?
  • Craig mentioned this quote that he read as he studied the Faith: “A law grounded in god is true and just, a law grounded in itself is merely suggestion, suggestion is not always true.” Consider this in light of times in your life when you tried following your own ideas rather than what God puts forth for our guidance and protection.
  • The Rosary is certainly a prayer that has rules and structure to how it is prayed, but it provides an excellent way to communicate with the Lord. Are you willing to pick up this Spiritual Weapon and to let its rules and structure lead and guide you?

TUESDAY: LOVING GOD’S LAW SPARK TALK

Dave Lenox speaks of the gift of the sacrament of confession and how it relates with God’s Law.

REFLECTION POINTS:

  • Dave spoke of the BEAUTY of the gift of confession. Some people don’t see it this way but rather view it as a scary practice of admitting guilt. God is so loving that He gives us His law NOT to have something to hang over our heads but rather to guide us. Proof that He’s not out to get us is the fact that He gives us such a beautiful way to be forgiven. Reflect for a moment on how God’s Mercy works hand in hand with His Law.
  • Do you find that in confession sometimes you try to “tap-dance” around the major issues? Do you find that there are some sins that you don’t confess. I (Fr. Romke) will admit that as a High Schooler I certainly did this, which I was disappointed to learn later on results in an invalid confession. If in the past you’ve skipped over some of the deeper or more embarrassing sins, might you consider the fact that God wants to free you from those sins as well?
  • Consider the following question: “Do you think that you are a better at sinning than God is at forgiving?” Know that God’s forgiveness easily obliterates even your deepest darkest sin.
  • Tomorrow – For those of you who live in the Diocese of Rockford, we will be having “Be Reconciled Day” where confessions will be heard throughout the day at all of the parishes. At St. Patrick’s Church in Dixon we will be hearing confessions from 9am-7pm. Is God calling you to freely receive His mercy in this sacrament?

WEDNESDAY: “FUEL BREAK”

Enjoy the opportunity to encounter God through today’s Wednesday “Fuel Break.” A Fuel Break is a strip of land in the middle of a forest that is cleared out in order to control a burn in the case of a wildfire. Every Wednesday you can enjoy a “Fuel Break” Guided Meditation. Rather than giving you more to think about and process, we’ll be shifting gears so that you can clear your mind and enter into a time of prayer with God. We pray that these encounters with the Lord will help control and focus the burn that God is enkindling in your heart.

THURSDAY: LOVING GOD’S LAW SPARK TALK

Missy Rhodes shares about the slow but steady progression of coming to love God’s law and His pursuit for her.

  • What do you find draws you closer to God?
  • Take some time to pray by sitting with the Lord and asking “What do you want me to do with my life?” and allow yourself to just sit with the question and let God work in you.
  • Listen to the song “More Like Falling in Love” by Jason Gray: https://youtu.be/mA9IfB7coKg
  • Do you resonate with the idea that conversion can happen slowly over time, rather than happening all at once? Reflect how the Lord has worked in your heart to accomplish conversion over time.

FRIDAY: LOVING GOD’S LAW SPARK TALK

REFLECTION POINTS:

Bethe Hughes speaking on entering into a deeper relationship with God through through come to love His Will and His Law.

  • Have you in the past, or do you now struggle with God’s laws? Which ones specifically? Why do you think this is? What can you do to overcome this?
  • As we enter into deeper and deeper relationship with God, we should increasingly become aware of the ways we miss the mark in our relationship with Him and with those around us. It is a refining process. How can you see that God is refining you?
  • Do you get frustrated with yourself that you keep committing the same offenses? In addition to taking those things to confession, also pray the following prayer so that those offenses will not continue to have a hold on you. Lord Jesus, you have come to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoner. Come and heal my brokenness right here, Lord; free me from this captivity, release me from all darkness, bring your favor here in my soul and bring your vengeance here against my enemies. Lord, you came to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. I ask you to do this in me—comfort me where I am hurting; bestow on me a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. Come in to my broken humanity and restore my wounds. In your healing hands I trust. Amen.