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“Upon a darkened night the flame of love was burning in my breast.”

– Saint John of the Cross

Romans 6:3-11
Brothers and sisters:
Are you unaware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus
were baptized into his death?
We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death,
so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead
by the glory of the Father,
we too might live in newness of life.

For if we have grown into union with him through a death like his,
we shall also be united with him in the resurrection.
We know that our old self was crucified with him,
so that our sinful body might be done away with,
that we might no longer be in slavery to sin.
For a dead person has been absolved from sin.
If, then, we have died with Christ,
we believe that we shall also live with him.
We know that Christ, raised from the dead, dies no more;
death no longer has power over him.
As to his death, he died to sin once and for all;
as to his life, he lives for God.
Consequently, you too must think of yourselves as being dead to sin
and living for God in Christ Jesus.

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Reflection Questions

  1. When have I experienced a plunge into the depths of darkness only to emerge later into “new life”?
  2. How do I experience daily dying and rising?
  3. What does it mean to me that in baptism I have died with Christ?
  4. As I enter this liturgical transition week, what grace am I seeking from God?

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Podcast meditation and closing music: “The Wall” by The Brilliance (used with permission)