Thursday after Ash Wednesday

Jesus talking with Mary, sister of Martha, at his feet. (19th Century painting)

Daily Offering

Dear Lord, as I meet people today may I feel some of the compassion that you have for them, especially when I am tired.

Timy Byron SJ

Entering into Prayer

Praying a set prayer slowly: Choose a longer prayer that you know well. For example, the ‘Our Father’. In time with your breathing, pray each line slowly.

Only move on when something of the meaning of that phrase has landed in you.

Today's Scripture  (Deuteronomy 30: 15-20)

I have set before you life and death,

the blessing and the curse.

Choose life, then,

that you and your descendants may live, by loving the LORD, your God,

heeding his voice, and holding fast to him.

For that will mean life for you,

a long life for you to live on the land that the LORD swore

he would give to your fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Food for Thought

Think of the lives of some people whom you admire? What qualities do you associate with that person? How did they live their lives? We are all called to a personal decision to accept or not God’s offer of abundant life and to partake and share in God’s abundant generosity.

Pope Francis reminds us in ‘The Joy of the Gospel’ that moved by Jesus’ example:

We want to enter fully into the fabric of society, sharing the lives of all, listening to their concerns, helping them materially and spiritually in their needs, rejoicing with those who rejoice, weeping with those who weep; arm in arm with others, we are committed to building a new world. But we do so not from a sense of obligation, not as a burdensome duty, but as the result of a personal decision which brings us joy and gives meaning to our lives.

Suggestions for Prayer

Prayerfully look over the last year. Ask God to show you what he wants to show you. When have you felt full of life? Where have you experienced joy? Notice times when you have chosen ‘life’. What did it feel like? What has it led to? Turn to God in gratitude and speak to him about all that has given you life this year.

How are you going to respond today?

.Remember to give thanks to God this day, and remember to thank those you meet for the things they do for you, whether at work, at home or in a café or supermarket.

Image for the Day

Jesus talking with Mary, sister of Martha, at his feet. (19th Century painting)

  • What does this image say to you?

  • What would you say to Jesus if you could sit with him today?

  • What do you think Jesus would say to you?


With God: With God I review my day

Thanks: Where do I find joy?

Sorry: Where do I find sadness?

Please: What do I ask from God?


Examen in twenty-five words

Going Deeper

A Body Exercise 

Stillness exercise