Walking with Jesus this Lent
The Walking with Jesus This Lent collection of resources offers an engaging week-by-week focus based on the Scripture readings from Year B (but appropriate for any year).
Spiritual writers often discuss Lent as a journey with Easter as the destination. Spiritual practices such as Stations of the Cross are also journey-oriented. This resource proposes a Gospel journey through Lent which can be divided into seven meaningful steps that disciples are called to walk with Jesus.
Each step has a distinctive character, but they are all woven together by the thread of the Lenten theme of transformation. All disciples are welcomed to begin wherever they are on Ash Wednesday. The journey does not begin with judgment; rather, it begins with your life exactly as it is at this moment. We are all sinners in need of Gospel transformation. It doesn’t matter what kind of sinner you are; it only matters that you are willing to move from where you are to a place that is closer to God. Then we are called to walk through the seven steps and be transformed into something new by Palm Sunday.
This extended Lenten retreat is a prelude to the central truth of Christianity: the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus celebrated in the Triduum that immediately follows Lent. The walk with Jesus during Lent sets us up to celebrate our transformation as we sing glory to God for the transformation that happened to Jesus on the first Easter Sunday.
- Ash Wednesday: The Humble Step (Mt 6:1-6, 16-18)
- First Sunday of Lent: The Deserted Step (Mark 1:12-15)
- Second Sunday of Lent: The Connected Step (Mark 9:2-10)
- Third Sunday of Lent: The Zealous Step (John 2:13-25)
- Fourth Sunday of Lent: The Healing Step (John 3:14-21)
- Fifth Sunday of Lent: The Dying Step (John 12:20-33)
- Palm Sunday: The Victory Step (Mark 11:1-10)