Michael Dubruiel – Power of the Cross

PoC-1 Ash Wednesday: The Power of the Cross Lenten Meditation

PoC-1 Ash Wednesday: The Power of the Cross Lenten Meditation

Ash Wednesday

ETERNAL LIFE OR DEATH?

Steps to Take as You Follow Christsf_deathdefeated_03

Ask—Am I living my life in fear of death or in anticipation of eternal life in Christ?

Seek— Try to focus on Christ as the motivation for all of your actions throughout the day. Be conscious of whom you are try- ing to please in all that you do.

Knock— Meditate on Genesis 3:19. How does Baptism wash away original sin? What is the purpose of recalling that without Christ we are all living to die? How does the cross of Christ defeat death?

Transform Your Life—Make the cross of Christ your banner of hope. See in the victory of Jesus’ cross a life-changing invitation to overcome all the evil forces that try to keep you from being

PoC-2 Thursday after Ash Wednesday: The Power of the Cross Lenten Meditation

PoC-2 Thursday after Ash Wednesday: The Power of the Cross Lenten Meditation

Thursday after Ash Wednesday

THE INVITATION OF JESUS

Steps to Take as You Follow Christ

Ask—Do I fear the cross of Christ or do I embrace it?

Seek—Place a crucifix in a prominent place in your home. Look upon this sign of our salvation upon rising and before you retire for the night, asking Christ to help you to “take up your cross” and follow him.

Knock—Meditate on Philippians 3:20,21

“But our commonwealth is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will change our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power which enables him even to subject all things to himself.”

Do you believe in the power of Christ?

Transform Your Life— Believe in the gospel and experience the liberating effects of taking up your cross and following Jesus. Make your life one that will not be spent looking backward in regret for all the good that you did not do—focus on the good that you can do right now!

PoC-3 Friday after Ash Wednesday: The Power of the Cross Lenten Meditation

PoC-3 Friday after Ash Wednesday: The Power of the Cross Lenten Meditation

Friday after Ash Wednesday

HOW MUCH WE NEED JESUS

Steps to Take as You Follow Christ

Ask—How greatly do I feel the need for Christ in my life?

Seek—Place a crucifix in a prominent place in your home. Look upon this sign of our salvation upon rising and before you retire for the night, asking Christ to help you to “take up your cross” and follow him.

Knock—Meditate on Revelation 22:17, 20

The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let him who hears say, “Come.”. . .He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!

Who are you waiting for?

Transform Your Life—Foster and keep before you the need that you have for Jesus. Make your constant prayer to Jesus one of entreating him to come, to be present, inviting him to be a part of your life.

PoC-4 Saturday after Ash Wednesday: The Power of the Cross Lenten Meditation

PoC-4 Saturday after Ash Wednesday: The Power of the Cross Lenten Meditation

Saturday after Ash Wednesday

A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH

Steps to Take as You Follow Christ

Ask—How does viewing Jesus as my savior from death help me to face head-on the deaths of loved ones and even my own death?

Seek—Fast from passing judgment on anyone today. Realize in this little dying to yourself you are opening yourself to see others as God sees them.

Knock—Meditate on Revelation 1:17-18

But he laid his right hand upon me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one; I died, and behold I am alive for evermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.”

Imagine Jesus touching you with his right hand and lifting you up from your death. What other areas of your life are dominated by death rather than the life of Christ?

Transform Your Life—Do not shy away from death. Pray for others, ask the saints to pray for you, seeing in them living examples of the promise of Christ to save us from death.

PoC-5 1st Sunday of Lent: The Power of the Cross Lenten Meditation

PoC-5 1st Sunday of Lent: The Power of the Cross Lenten Meditation

The Cross of Christ Teaches Us. . . Our Mission

Steps to Take as You Follow Christ

Ask—What temptations do I find it hardest to resist? How might this reveal God’s intended purpose for me?

Seek—Reject sin. Learn to see in your temptations a perversion of God’s plan for you. Try to discern what it is that God might be calling you to do by looking at the areas of your life where you are most tempted.

Knock—Meditate on Numbers 22:32-33
And the angel of the Lord said to him, “Why have you struck your ass these three times? Behold, I have come forth to withstand you, because your way is perverse before me; and the ass saw me, and turned aside before me these three times.”

How does Balaam’s donkey differ from the prophet with respect to discerning the path God wanted them to take? Are you more like the donkey or the prophet?

Transform Your Life—Sometimes we live as though God does not see us, yet we know that God is always present, whether or not we acknowledge him. Look over your life and try to see where God has revealed himself at various moments in your life. Then move confidently into the future, assured of God’s providential care for you.

PoC-6 1st Monday of Lent: The Power of the Cross Lenten Meditation

PoC-6 1st Monday of Lent: The Power of the Cross Lenten Meditation

The Cross of Christ Teaches Us. . . to Live the Gospel

Steps to Take as You Follow Christ

Ask—Where have I encountered Christ “in the least of my brethren”?

Seek—Make an effort to see Christ in the hungry, thirsty, stranger, naked, sick, or imprisoned. Try to reach out to those no one else notices.

Knock—Meditate on Romans 2:13

For it is not hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified.

What are the secrets of your life that will be brought to judgment? How can you be more of a doer rather than just a listener of the Law of God?

Transform Your Life—Sometimes we live as though God does not see us, yet we know that God is always present, whether or not we acknowledge him. Look over your life and try to see where God has revealed himself at various moments in your life. Then move confidently into the future, assured of God’s providential care for you.

PoC-7 1st Tuesday of Lent: The Power of the Cross Lenten Meditation

PoC-7 1st Tuesday of Lent: The Power of the Cross Lenten Meditation

The Cross of Christ Teaches Us. . . How to Pray

Steps to Take as You Follow Christ

Ask—How can my prayer better reflect what is going on in my life at the present moment?

Seek—Try praying for an extended period of time in the orans position. Ask Our Lord to teach you this lesson from the cross, so that your prayer might always be heartfelt.

Knock—Meditate on Hebrews 5:7

In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard for his godly fear.

How might your prayer become more like the prayer of Christ?

Transform Your Life—Foster a sense of God’s presence before you begin any prayer. Speak to God from your heart, then listen. God is the most important being with whom you will ever speak.

PoC-8 1st Wednesday of Lent: The Power of the Cross Lenten Meditation

PoC-8 1st Wednesday of Lent: The Power of the Cross Lenten Meditation

The Cross of Christ Teaches Us. . . About Repentance

Steps to Take as You Follow Christ

Ask—Where do I need to repent most in my life?

Seek—Monitor your thoughts and hold them up against the standard of the gospel. Do your love and forgiveness have limi- tations or conditions? Ask the Lord to teach you true repentance of mind and heart.

Knock—Meditate on 1 Corinthians 1:22–24.

For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

How might you experience the power and wisdom of God in the cross by embrac- ing the gospel more completely?

Transform Your Life—Make a daily examination of conscience, paying special attention to your attitudes throughout the day, and asking the Holy Spirit to make you more like Christ.

PoC-9 1st Thursday of Lent: The Power of the Cross Lenten Meditation

PoC-9 1st Thursday of Lent: The Power of the Cross Lenten Meditation

The Cross of Christ Teaches Us. . .How to Trust and Give Thanks

Steps to Take as You Follow Christ

Ask—What do I need from God to follow Jesus more closely?

Seek—As the day progresses, when you find yourself impatient, unloving, judgmental, lustful, or anything that strikes you as against the gospel of Jesus, ask God for the gift that will help you to be more like Christ.

Knock—Meditate on James 1:17.

Every good endowment and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

Spend some time giving thanks to God for how he has led you, even “through the valley of the shadow of death” to this moment.

Transform Your Life—Try to make it a practice to “ask, seek, and knock” in your relationship with God. See that relationship as something that happens with every breath you take. Speak to God often!

Michael Dubruiel received a Master’s Degrees in Christian Spirituality and Theology. He worked as a teacher at every level of Catholic Education, in pastoral ministry and served as an Acquisitions Editor for Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Company. He  appeared frequently on Catholic radio programs throughout the country and spoke at the national conferences of the NCEA, NCEE and the Catholic Writers Conference.

61189_profile_pic1-213x300Michael died unexpectedly on February 3, 2009. May he rest in peace.

 

 

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