Friday, February 19, 2010

Gospel Reflection for Sunday, February 21 by Jeff Cavins

This Sunday is the first Sunday of Lent. Jeff Cavins has a wonderful Gospel Reflection section in his website under the Family Night tab. Here is this Sunday's (Lk 4:1-13 ):

The forty-day season of Lent finds its roots in the forty days while Jesus fasted in the wilderness and withstood the temptations of Satan. In today’s gospel, we read the account of how Jesus responded to Satan’s temptation. Each of the three temptations that Satan presents is swiftly countered by what God has already established through his word in the scriptures. Jesus knew the will of God through the scripture and through his own love of the Father and his desire to please Him. We also have these weapons as well as the Sacrifice of Christ to help us withstand temptation. It is totally possible through Christ to withstand any temptation. Let’s not make excuses; let’s follow Christ’s example.
I am so very excited! Jeff Cavins came to my parish to speak Friday and Saturday!
I humbly ask for your prayers  . . . . .  Please add your prayers to mine that The Holy Spirit will move people's hearts and open their minds to the truth.  I fervently pray that this seminar will help a couple people I love with all my heart come home to The Catholic Church. And, would you add Jeff and his family to your prayers? I really believe that he is leading many back home and helping many Catholics embrace their faith with renewed love and commitment.

Any of his seminars are great. I would definitely encourage you to see if your parish might bring him to your town to speak.

Jeff Cavins is recognized nationally and internationally as a dynamic Bible teacher who can take complex theological concepts and make them practical for everyone.  After twelve years as a Protestant pastor, Jeff returned to the Catholic Church under the guidance of Bishop Paul Dudley.

Over the past several years, Jeff has dedicated his life to developing The Great Adventure Bible Studies, an extremely useful, practical and color coded interactive Bible study system.  This system enables students to understand the chronological flow of Scripture, following salvation history.  To date, more than 2,200 Great Adventure studies have been conducted helping hundreds of thousands of Catholics and other Christians learn Sacred Scripture in a practical way.

Jeff is founding host of EWTN's Life on the Rock and his conversion story is found in the best-selling book, My Life on the Rock:  A Rebel Returns to the Catholic Faith.  He is also the author of I'm Not Being Fed! Discovering the Food that Satisfies the Soul and he is co-editor of the Amazing Grace series of books, which feature stories concerning faith, hope, healing, inspiration and humor that strengthens the spirit and nourishes the soul.

Jeff received an MA in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville.  He is currently the Director of the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute based in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Jeff resides with his wife, Emily, and their three daughters in Minnesota.


 Feb 19-20, 2010
Revelation in a Day Seminar
Saturday, 9am-4pm
Fri night talk: Conversion Story, 7:30pm-9:30pm
Location: St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church

2 comments:

Tracy said...

This is a great reflection, I'm so glad you shared!!

Abbey said...

I absolutely LOVE the story of Jesus' forty days. He was human, as we are, and we are capable of denying evil when it tries to creep into our lives. Like WHAT WOULD JESUS DO? He trusted in the Father and followed His commands. I am so blessed to be a child of our heavenly Father and I do not take this blessing lightly.

PEACE, LOVE and JOY to you, Soutenus.

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