"Lent is my favorite season of the Christian year because it invites us to pay attention again to the centrality of the gospels and our faith, the Lord’s passion and resurrection. Lent also invites us to pay attention to all that is happening in and around us through self-examination, penitence, prayer, fasting, worship and meditating on the Word of God. This Lent, I invite you to join me as, together, we work through what it means to “BELIEVE” as understood by John the evangelist through his gospel. I pray that you may join me on this BELIEVE Lenten spiritual pilgrimage and that it blesses, strengthens and grows your faith and vocation as a Christ follower. Let us all observe a Holy Lent."
Fifth Sunday in Lent - There is Life in Christ After Trauma
On this fifth Sunday of Lent, Bishop Saenz takes a unique slant on the story and tradition of Lazarus, the one whom Jesus raised from the dead, focusing on the hours and then decades after being called out of the tomb by Jesus.The resurrection of Lazarus terribly disrupted and traumatized his life.
Lazarus was traumatized and shocked by a personal experience of death. Because of his traumatic death experience, Bishop Saenz explains that Lazarus could minister to people and teach faith in Christ like few people could, further demonstrating that there is life after trauma through the power and experience of Jesus through the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
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Ash Wednesday Reflection from John 1:35-39
Originally posted Feb. 22
Bishop Saenz invites all to join him on a Lenten journey to work through what it means to “BELIEVE” as understood by John the evangelist through his gospel and begins the Lenten journey with a reflection on John 1:35-39.
A Reflection for the First Sunday of Lent from John 2:1-11 "The Wedding at Cana"
Originally posted Feb. 26
On this first Sunday of Lent, Bishop Saenz continues our BELIEVE Lenten journey by meditating on how belief is born in Jesus' disciples at the wedding of Cana. This passage from John 2:1-11 also offers us a unique glimpse into the collectivist societal norms of Jesus' day.
A Reflection for the Second Sunday of Lent from John 3:1-18 "Nicodemus and Jesus: A Model of Transitioning Discipleship"
Originally posted March 5
Bishop Saenz reflects on how belief is born in the Pharisee Nicodemus through what he hears during his encounter with Jesus.
A Reflection for the Third Sunday in Lent from John 4:39-42 "The Savior of the World"
Originally posted March 12
On the third Sunday in Lent, Bishop Saenz focueses on how belief is born in a Samaritan woman through what she hears during her encounter with him and how her willingness to share what she heard led many from her community to belief in Jesus as the Messiah - the Savior of the World.
A Reflection for the Fourth Sunday in Lent from John 9:34-38 "Who Is Jesus to You?"
Originally posted March 19
The fourth Sunday in Lent reflection finds Bishop Saenz focusing on John 9:34-38 and the gospel writers account of Jesus healing a blind man with mud from the ground. You are alos invited to actively seek out and react to human suffering in your community and during your prayer time, ask yourself just who is Jesus to you.