Lent 2024: “Possumus! Yes, we are ready!”


“‘Are you ready to drink the cup’ — that cup which means giving yourself fully to the will of the Father — ‘which I am going to drink?’ Possumus!: ‘Yes! We are ready!’ (Mt 20:22) is the reply of John and James. Are you and I really ready to carry out, in everything, the will of our Father God? Have we given our Lord our whole heart, or are we attached to ourselves and our interests and comfort and self-love? Is there anything in our lives out of keeping with our Christianity, something which makes us unwilling to mend our ways? Today we are given a chance to set things straight.”

St. Josemaria Escriva
Christ is Passing By, no. 15


This season of Lent, the St. Josemaria Institute invites you to take to heart these questions and spiritual challenges of St. Josemaria and join us each week to:

  • Listen attentively to God’s word in Scripture (Sunday readings)
  • Pray the Holy Rosary contemplating the mysteries
  • Converse with Our Lord through weekly guided meditations (podcast) and spiritual reading
  • Reflect upon and live the Lenten practices: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving
  • Prepare for and approach the Sacrament of Confession and the Holy Eucharist

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SUNDAY READINGS & REFLECTIONS FOR LENT 2024

First Sunday and Week of Lent
“One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.” Mt 4:4

Readings (Year B): Gn 9:8-15 | 1 Pt 3:18-22 | Mk 1:12-15
Podcast: Becoming a Good Repenter by Fr. Peter Armenio
Reflection: Christ is Passing By, no. 57

Second Sunday and Week of Lent
“From the shining cloud the Father’s voice is heard: This is my beloved Son, hear him.” Mt 17:5
Readings (Year B): Gn 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18 | Rom 8:31b-34 | Mk 9:2-10
Podcast: The Tabors Behind the Calvaries by Fr. Javier del Castillo
Reflection: Christ is Passing By, no. 15

Third Sunday and Week of Lent
“God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might have eternal life.” Jn 3:16
Readings (Year B): Ex 20:1-17 | 1 Cor 1:22-25 | Jn 2:13-25
Podcast:The Temple and the Virtue of Holy Purity by Fr. Javier del Castillo
Reflection: Friends of God, no. 67

Fourth Sunday and Week of Lent
“God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might have eternal life.” Jn 3:16
Readings (Year B): 2 Chr 36:14-16, 19-23 | Eph 2:4-10 | Jn 3:14-21
Podcast: A God Who Forgives by Fr. Javier del Castillo
Reflection: Christ is Passing By, no. 77

Fifth Sunday and Week of Lent
“Whoever serves me must follow me, says the Lord; and where I am, there also will my servant be.” Jn 12:26
Readings (Year B): Jer 31:31-34 | Heb 5:7-9 | Jn 12:20-33
Podcast: Coming Soon…
Reflection: Christ is Passing By, no. 58


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

A Spiritual Toolkit for Lent from the St. Josemaria Institute offers a curated selection of free resources for the Lenten season, including weekly devotionals, audio spiritual retreats, and popular prayers and devotions.

Additionally, we recommend the following books and guide to help deepen your prayer and reflection:

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