Lenten Reflections

Sky King


A world-wide pandemic. COVID restrictions. Political and societal upheaval. And now Lent!

Do we really need Lent this year? Don't we deserve a pass? Haven't we suffered enough, given up enough, prayed enough, and been challenged in our thinking enough?

As I wonder about whether we need Lent this year, I hear the words from the Letter to the Hebrews echoing in my mind: “you have not resisted sin to the point of shedding blood” (Hebrews 12:4).

In Lent, we celebrate the self-emptying love of the one who resisted sin to the point of shedding his blood. We celebrate that following him, and taking up the cross in imitation of him, is the path to new and eternal life. We celebrate that as we struggle to overcome disease, prejudice, poverty, a culture of death, and anything that diminishes the dignity of every human person, that Jesus is our strength. We celebrate that “the Cross is our Only Hope.”

So, maybe, just maybe, we need Lent more than ever. Maybe we need to resist sin more than ever. Maybe we need to work to overcome systemic violence and prejudices, more than ever. And we need one another's encouragement, insight and lives of faith to help us.

This Lenten Season, we are pleased to share with you, reflections written by the faculty and staff at the College. May their faith, life, and witness be for all of us a powerful witness to spurn us on to do the work of justice that leads to peace.

Rev. Thomas P. Looney, C.S.C.
Associate Vice President for Academic Success
Director of Campus Ministry
College Chaplain

King's College Lenten Reflections are written by members of the King's College community. These reflections are emailed out daily to the alumni community during the season of Lent. If you are not receiving your reflections, send an email to

To read the daily liturgical readings presented by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, click here.