65101Jefferson City, MO 65101
St. Peter Catholic Church Jefferson City, MO 65101St. Peter Catholic Church
Reflection on Sunday Readings

Children
Youth and Young Adults
Spiritual Life and Worship Commission
Social Concerns
Administration
Religious Education and Formation
Prayers

Bulletin
Parish Forms
Bulletin and Announcement Guidelines
Ministry Scheduler
Year of Mercy
Post-Abortion Counseling
St. Peter School
Safe Environment for Children
Fun Page
Christ Renews His Parish
Photo Gallery
St. Peter Parish Foundation
Coming Home
St. Vincent de Paul Conference


Second Sunday of Lent
February 20
2nd Sunday of Lent

Readings:

So often we can become distracted by the seemingly unfairness of our lives. We are made to suffer because of the sins of other people. We try to live a good life, but find ourselves struggling with pain, sickness, or the sickness of a loved one, while we see people who are obviously not interested in living close to the Lord float through life trouble-free. Jesus says this to us specifically in the gospel of this week, “The sun rises on both the good and the bad, and the rain falls on the just and the unjust.”
Ultimately, we come to terms with the fact that we have very little control over the things that happen to us in this life. I think of Lance Armstrong, who has broken records for winning the Tour de France bicycle race more than anyone else. The man trained his whole life to race, only to be diagnosed with a severe form of cancer. He met the disease head on, and not only recovered, but continued to compete and win. He did not let life beat him.
What do we have control over? While we cannot control whether or not we get sick, or how other people are going to treat us, we can control our response to these things. We can decide for ourselves whether we want to allow the suffering and pain of life to make us bitter and angry and resentful. Or we can decide to meet the pain of this life with faith, knowing that God’s plan is greater than our own.
This is the example of Abram, whom the Lord called to leave his ancestral home, his family, and begin a journey in faith. This is the instruction of Paul, who tells us to “bear (our) share of hardship for the sake of the gospel, with the strength provided by God.” This strength that comes from the faith we have that Christ Jesus “destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.”
We cannot control what things will happen to us in this life, but we can control our response. Responding in faith, we can be holy, as the Father in heaven is holy.
As we prepare for this week of Lent, imagine in your daily prayer a situation that may occur that day that may challenge you or cause you some suffering. In prayer, imagine how you can respond to that situation with faith in God and his love in your heart.

    List of all Reflections:

    PostedTitle
    09/24/201426th Sunday in Ordinary Time
    09/23/201425th Sunday in Ordinary Time
    02/11/2014Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
    01/29/2014Presentation of the Lord
    01/22/2014Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
    01/15/2014Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
    01/09/2014The Baptism of the Lord
    12/11/2013Third Sunday in Advent
    10/30/2013October 6, 2013
    10/23/2013October 27, 2013
    10/16/2013October 20, 2013
    10/09/2013October 13, 2013
    09/23/2013September 29, 2013
    08/21/2013August 25, 2013 - 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
    10/31/2012November 4, 2012 - Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time
    10/24/2012October 28, 2012-Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
    10/17/2012October 21, 2012-Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
    02/29/2012Second Sunday of Lent
    01/31/2012
    01/18/2012Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
    08/24/2010August 29th
    08/17/2010August 22, 2010
    08/12/2010Assumption of Mary
    05/25/2009Pentecost The Birthday of the Church
    05/29/2008Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
    10/16/200629th Sunday in Ordinary Time
    10/13/200628th Sunday in Ordinary Time
    06/28/2006Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
    01/23/2006January 29th, 2006
    01/16/2006January 22nd, 2006
    01/09/2006January 15th, 2006
    01/02/2006Epiphany
    12/28/2005New Years Day
    11/21/2005First Sunday of Advent
    11/14/2005Solemnity of Christ the King
    11/09/2005November 13, 2005
    09/27/2005October 2, 2005
    09/19/2005September 25, 2005
    09/13/2005September 18, 2005
    09/05/2005September 11, 2005
    08/31/2005September 4, 2005
    07/11/2005July 17, 2005
    07/07/2005July 10, 2005
    07/06/2005July 3, 2005
    06/21/2005June 26, 2005
    06/14/2005June 19th, 2005
    05/23/2005Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
    05/16/2005Holy Trinity Sunday
    05/09/2005Pentecost
    05/05/2005May 8, 2005
    04/26/2005May 1st, 2005
    04/18/2005Fifth Sunday of Easter
    04/11/2005Fourth Sunday of Easter
    04/06/2005THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER
    04/06/2005Divine Mercy Sunday
    04/05/2005Holy Thursday Homily
    03/27/2005EASTER
    03/25/2005The Passion of John
    03/14/2005PALM SUNDAY
    03/07/2005FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT
    02/28/2005Fourth Sunday of Lent
    02/23/2005Third Sunday of Lent
    02/14/2005Second Sunday of Lent
    02/10/2005First Sunday of Lent
    02/07/2005Ash Wednesday
    01/31/2005Feb. 6, 2005
    01/24/2005January 30th, 2005
    01/17/2005January 23, 2005
    01/10/2005January 16, 2005
    01/05/2005January 9th, 2005
    01/02/2005January 2, 2005
    12/28/2004Mary, Mother of God - Jan. 1st
    12/26/2004Feast of the Holy Family
    12/22/2004Christmas
    12/13/2004Fourth Sunday of Advent Readings: Isaiah 7:10-14. Psalm 24: 1-6. Romans 1:1-7. Matthew 1:18-24.
    12/06/2004Third Sunday of Advent Readings: Isaiah 35:1-6a, 10. Psalm 146:6-10. James 5:7-10. Matthew 11:2-11.
    12/01/2004Second Sunday of Advent Readings: Isaiah 11:1-10. Psalm 72, 1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17. Romans 15:4-9. Matthew 3: 1-12
    11/29/2004First Sunday of Advent Readings: Isaiah 2:1-5. Psalm 122:1-9. Romans 13:11-14. Matthew 24:37-44.
    11/22/2004The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King 2 Samuel 5:1-3, Psalm 122:1-5, Colossians 1:12-20, Luke 23:35-43