The Joy of the Gospel: Walking through Lent with Pope Francis

The Joy of the Gospel: Walking through Lent with Pope Francis

Introduction

 
For Pope Francis, the way to recover a missionary spirit in the Church is to rediscover the joy of the Gospel, to experience a personal encounter with Jesus, through reflecting  on his words and actions.  This resource aims to help groups to reflect on some of the major themes of ‘The Joy of the Gospel’ in relation to the Gospel stories we receive on the Sundays of Lent.

This first leaflet introduces the resource and explains how it can be used.

The Joy of the Gospel: Walking through Lent with Pope Francis

First Sunday of Lent: 9 March 2014

The Temptation of Jesus


As Jesus is tempted to give up or distort his mission, we reflect on the temptations Pope Francis has described that could stop us from carrying out our mission to share the joy of the Gospel.



The Joy of the Gospel: Walking through Lent with Pope Francis

The Second Sunday of Lent: 16 March 2014

The Transfiguration


As Peter, James and John see Jesus in a new way, we reflect on what Pope Francis writes about our personal encounter with Jesus and the effect it can have in our lives.



The Joy of the Gospel: Walking through Lent with Pope Francis

Third sunday of Lent: 23 March 2014

The Woman at the Well


As we hear how Jesus welcomed the Samaritan woman at the well, we reflect on the Holy Father's words about how our parish communities are called to be welcoming and inclusive.



The Joy of the Gospel: Walking through Lent with Pope Francis

Fourth Sunday of Lent: 30 March 2014

The Man Born Blind


The story of the blind man cured by Jesus leads us to reflect on what Pope Francis says about our vocation as missionary disciples.



The Joy of the Gospel: Walking through Lent with Pope Francis

Fifth Sunday of Lent: 6 April 2014

The Raising of Lazarus


The raising of Lazarus prompts us to reflect on the Holy Father's challenge to fight against injustice, to set people free from everything that binds them.