Season of Hope

Season of Hope, of the Living Seasons of Change series, covers the Ash Wednesday and the first four weeks of Lent. The Radio Show airs February 2014 on Catholic radio KDUA. Hosted by Patti Brunner and Monsignor David LeSieur, VF, a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Little Rock.    

Program Outline of LSC 104A Season of Hope: 

Church’s directive on fasting and the benefit available


The Gospel of Lent give promise and hope when all seems loss on “Good Friday”; daily lives can also seem “loss”; draw on the hope.

Ash Wednesday Matthew 6:1-6, 16-19 Actions from the heart-not for show. Recompense, repayment of hidden

1st Sunday of Lent; Matthew 4:1-11 temptation in the desert 2nd Sunday of Lent; Matthew 17:1-9 Transfiguration

3rd Sunday of Lent; John 4:5-42 Samaritan women at the well

4th Sunday of Lent; John 9:1-41 man born blind

As sinners we would receive the judgement accorded by the law and thus condemnation; Jesus came to stand-in for us.  He accepted our sin to take upon himself the sins—like the scapegoat and sacrifice—thus bringing freedom.  He who knew no sin became sin, that in his righteousness we might be saved.

Paul’s Letters.

Ash Wednesday. 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2; made him to be sin who did not know sin

1st Sunday of Lent. Romans 5:12-19 one brought judgement and death; one brought acquittal and life

2nd Sunday of Lent. 2Timothy 1:8b-10 ‘grace bestowed on us in Christ Jesus before time began, but now made manifest’

3rd Sunday of Lent. Romans 5:1-2,5-8 “while we were sinners, Christ died for us”

4th Sunday of Lent. Ephesians 5:8-14 “Live as children of light”

Before the earth was created the plan of  salvation was in the “heart” and “eye” of our Father.

The OT first readings show the progression in salvation history, from Adam to Abram to Moses to David

1st Sunday of Lent. Genesis 2:7-9;3:1-7 Adam and  Eve and the garden

2nd Sunday of Lent. Genesis 12:1-4a Abram, I will bless those who bless you

3rd Sunday of Lent. Exodus 17:3-7 “strike the rock” in Horeb and “water will flow”

4th Sunday of Lent. 1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a Samuel’s anointing of David

Ash Wednesday. Joel 2:12-18 return to the Lord with fasting weeping, and mourning; Lord is slow to anger; proclaim a fast

Enter into a fast, or a retreat and thus to a preparation of heart to receive the fullness of the gift of salvation.

Unusual fastings and the results.

References for LSC 104A Season of Hope.  Scriptures and liturgical readings are available at Readings & Catechism CCC 2043 The fourth precept (”You shall observe the days of fasting and abstinence established by the Church”) ensures the times of ascesis and penance which prepare us for the liturgical feasts and help us acquire mastery over our instincts and freedom of heart. [Cf. CIC, cann. 1249-1251: CCEO can. 882]    The National Conference of Catholic Bishops in their statement on Pastoral Practices  November 12,2000 reminded us that “fasting helps in getting our house in order”. “By fasting and self-denial, by living lives of moderation, we have more energy to devote to God’s purposes and a better self-esteem that helps us to be more concerned with the well-being of others.”  “Voluntary fasting from food creates in us a greater openness to God’s Spirit and deepens our compassion for those who are forced to go without food. The discomfort brought about by fasting unites us to the sufferings of Christ.”Ashes were worn as a sign of mourning in several books of the bible including Isaiah 58:5; Job 2:8; 42:6, and Ester 4:1-3, 14:1.Ash Wednesday blessing prayer: “Remember man, that you are dust and unto dust you shall return,” words based on those addressed by God to Adam after the fall (Gen. 3:19).2 Timothy 3:16 says that “all scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” [NIV]   “3. In communion with one another, the pope and other bishops together exercise this prophetic role, which many documents of the Church refer to by the word “magisterium.” Welcome to the Catholic Church; Denzinger: Christian Moral Principles   Chapter 35:  The Truth of Christ Lives in His ChurchJames 4:7 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”

Ephesians chapter 5:8.  “You were once in darkness but now you are light in the Lord.” 

Ephesians 5: 11 “take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness.”

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