Knee Mail

(Homily for First Sunday of Lent - Year B)

Bottom line: Less e-mail, more knee-mail

You may have heard about a way of communicating even better than e-mail. It is called "knee-mail." It involves getting down on one's knees and speaking directly to God. You can send messages like this: "God, help my friend who has this terrible problem...Jesus, give that young person peace and hope...Guide our leaders...Help me. I don't know what to do."

Knee mail, of course, is another name for prayer. On this First Sunday of Lent we see the greatest example. Before uttering a single word in his public ministry, Jesus spent forty days in silent prayer - focused on the Father. This Sunday I ask you to follow Jesus' example. Put God the Father first in your life.

As I explained on Ash Wednesday, we have Stewardship of Time pledge cards to help you in your spiritual, family and community life. Be sure to check the basics - Sunday Mass, daily personal prayer and prayer with one's family, especially before meals. Then consider what else you might do: a retreat, a novena, an adult education class.

This Sunday we will have a testimony on the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Next Sunday on a program to read the Bible (and Catechism) in one year. And on the Third Sunday, Eucharistic Adoration.

I know what some of you are thinking: Sounds good, but where could I find time for those things? That's where fasting comes in. I asked our middle school students to give examples of fasting. They of course suggested things like giving up ice cream, chocolates and desert, but they other things: video games, chat rooms, television and the Internet. Less e-mail, more knee-mail. Lent is a time to re-order our lives - by praying, fasting and giving - to put God first.

Consider Jesus' words, his first public words after forty days of prayer and fasting: "This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the gospel."


Intercessions for First Sunday of Lent (from Priests for Life)

Spanish Version

From the Archives:

First Sunday of Lent, Year B 2012: The Convenant with Noah Today
2009: Knee Mail
2006: Sir, Go on the Other Side
2003: Lent with C.S. Lewis
2000: The Rabbit's Foot
1997: Jesus' Temptation & Ours

Complete List of Homilies for First Sunday of Lent ("Temptation Sunday"):

2012: The Convenant with Noah Today
2011: The Purpose of Temptation
2010: Who Is Like God?
2009: Knee Mail
2008: The Devil is a Logician
2007: More Powerful than Satan
2006: Sir, Go on the Other Side
2005: The Temptation of Sloth
2004: Temptation of Spirituality
2003: Lent with C.S. Lewis
2002: First Signs of Spring
2001: How Satan Operates
2000: The Rabbit's Foot
1999: Original Sin & Temptation
1998: Hidden Sin of Gluttony
1997: Jesus' Temptation & Ours

Ash Wednesday homilies:

The Purpose of Lent
Two Cheers for Catholic Guilt
Don't Waste This Crisis
When You Give Alms
Back to the Basics
Dealing With Guilt
Exercise of Holy Desire

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