Lent 2014: Pray - Study - Act
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PRAY: For peace in the world
STUDY: Reflection for the Second Sunday of Lent
ACT: Make immigration reform your Lenten promise
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Second Week of Lent, March 16-22, 2014
This is our second PSA e-bulletin (Pray-Study-Act) for the 2014 Lenten season. If you missed the one we did last week for this first week of Lent (March 9-15), you can see it, as well as reflections for Ash Wednesday and the First Sunday of Lent, on our Lent 2014 webpage where we'll archive all of our Lenten resources. 
    We hope that the peace of Christ dwells deeply in your hearts during this Lenten season.


In peace,

Johnny Zokovitch
Director of Communications, Pax Christi USA
 PRAY: For peace in the world
by Blessed John XXIII


Lord Jesus Christ, who is called the Prince of Peace, who is yourself our peace and reconciliation, who so often said, "Peace to you," grant us peace: Make all men and women witnesses of truth, justice, and brotherly love. Banish from their hearts whatever might endanger peace. Enlighten our rulers that they may guarantee and defend the great gift of peace. May all peoples of the earth become as brothers and sisters. May longed-for peace blossom forth and reign always over us all. Amen.

Reflection for the Second Sunday of Lent

By Johnny Zokovitch


 Gen 12:1-4a | 2 Tim 1:8a-10 | Matt 17:1-9

"'This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to him.' When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate and were very much afraid." The disciples' fear immediately follows the command to "listen to him" that issues forth from the voice in the clouds. In Matthew's gospel, the passage that comes just prior to the transfiguration may help us to understand the fear of the disciples. In Matthew 16:21-28, Jesus first predicts to his disciples the suffering and death that await him in Jerusalem. Peter in turn rebukes Jesus for even suggesting such a thing, to which Jesus chastises Peter harshly, even calling him Satan. Then Jesus offers the paradox of discipleship to those who would follow him: "Whoever wishes to save their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it."

    Earlier in the transfiguration passage when Moses and Elijah appear with Jesus, Peter is excited to be a witness atop this mountain to such a momentous event. But even as Peter is speaking, the voice from the bright cloud interrupts, reminding him and the other disciples of what is most important - they must listen to Jesus. Their minds are thrown back to the words Jesus had just spoken to them - words of his death and their own fate if they choose to follow him!.... 


ACT: Make immigration reform 
your Lenten promise



In collaboration with the Justice for Immigrants campaign of the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops, NETWORK is calling on Catholics, along with people of faith and good will, to make immigration reform your Lenten promise. We will guide you through 40 days of strategic, coordinated prayer and action.