NOOMA Study Based on Lent Readings, Year B

Hey everyone. I’m posting this later than I’d preferred, but hopefully those of you who are looking to take on a personal devotion as your Lenten observance may find this helpful. As I’ve done with previous NOOMA studies, below I’ve listed the Sunday readings along with a suggested NOOMA film for you to watch and reflect on. Individual films are available for download for the low price of $1.99 (and for $0.99 if you prefer to rent). Blessings to you on your Lenten journey as we enter the desert, just as Christ and the Israelites did before us.

1st Sunday of Lent | 02.22.2015

  • Click here for the readings.
  • Click here for useful background information on this week’s readings from Loyola Press’ Sunday Connection.
  • Genesis 9. See, I am now establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you.
  • Psalm 25. Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth to those who keep your covenant.
  • 1 Peter 3. Christ suffered for sins once, the righteous for the sake of the unrighteous, that he might lead you to God.
  • Mark 1. The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan.
  • NOOMA Noise | 005. Why are we so afraid of silence?
    • Click here to see trailer and download free reflection guide.
    • Topics: Listen, Solitude, Busy, Silence, Hear
    • Running Time: 10 min.

2nd Sunday of Lent | 03.01.15

  • Click here for the readings.
  • Click here for useful background information on this week’s readings from Loyola Press’ Sunday Connection.
  • Genesis 22. I will bless you abundantly and make your descendants as countless as the stars of the sky and the sands of the seashore…all this because you obeyed my command.
  • Psalm 116. I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.
  • Romans 8. He who did not spare his own Son but handed him over for us all, how will he not also give us everything else along with him?
  • Mark 9. Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; from the cloud came a voice, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.”
  • NOOMA Rich | 013. Is it possible that God has blessed us so that we can be a blessing to others?
    • Click here to see trailer and download free reflection guide.
    • Topics: Blessings, Generosity, Giving, Sharing, Money
    • Running Time: 13 min.

3rd Sunday of Lent | 03.08.15

  • Click here for the readings.
  • Click here for useful background information on this week’s readings from Loyola Press’ Sunday Connection.
  • Exodus 20. In those days, God delivered all these commandments…
  • Psalm 19. Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.
  • 1 Corinthians 1. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.
  • John 2. “Take these out of here, and stop making my Father’s house a marketplace.” His disciples recalled the words of Scripture, Zeal for your house will consume me.
  • NOOMA Store | 016. Is anger the issue, or is the real problem what you get angry about?
    • Click here to see trailer and download free reflection guide.
    • Topics: Anger, Bitterness, Injustice, Aggression, Rage
    • Running Time: 15 min.

4th Sunday of Lent | 03.15.15

  • Click here for the readings.
  • Click here for useful background information on this week’s readings from Loyola Press’ Sunday Connection.
  • 2 Chronicles 36. Early and often did the LORD, the God of their fathers, send his messengers to them,
    for he had compassion on his people and his dwelling place. But they mocked the messengers of God,
    despised his warnings, and scoffed at his prophets, until the anger of the LORD against his people was so inflamed that there was no remedy.
  • Psalm 137. Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you!
  • Ephesians 2. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God;
    it is not from works, so no one may boast.
  • John 3. For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.
  • NOOMA Rhythm | 011. Are our lives in tune with God’s plan for the world?*
    • Click here to see trailer and download free reflection guide.
    • Topics: Relationship, Harmony, Full Life, Compassion, Truth
    • Running Time: 11 min.

5th Sunday of Lent | 03.22.15

  • Click here for the readings.
  • Click here for useful background information on this week’s readings from Loyola Press’ Sunday Connection.
  • Jeremiah 31. I will place my law within them and write it upon their hearts; I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
  • Psalm 51. Create a clean heart in me, O God.
  • Hebrews 5. Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered; and when he was made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.
  • John 12. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world
    will preserve it for eternal life.
  • NOOMA Tomato | 022. Do we try so hard to be something we are not, that we miss out on how to truly live?
    • Click here to see trailer and download free reflection guide.
    • Topics: Surrender, Cycle, Vanity, Self-Improvement, Ego, Life, Death
    • Running Time: 13 min.

*If you used my NOOMA Study last Lent (for Year A), you can use “Lump” as an alternate video for the 4th Sunday of Lent:

NOOMA Lump | 010. What do we do when our past catches up to us?

  • Click here to see trailer and download free reflection guide.
  • Topics: Guilt, Forgiveness, Shame, Unconditional Love, Hiding
  • Running Time: 11 min.
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