Friday, March 12, 2010
SATURDAY 3RD WEEK OF LENT – YEAR II
SATURDAY 3RD WEEK OF LENT – YEAR II
Come, let us return to Yahweh. He has rent us and he will heal us; he
has struck us and he will bind up our wounds; after two days he will
revive us, on the third day he will raise us up and we shall live in
his presence. Let us know, let us strive to know Yahweh; that he will
come is as certain as the dawn. He will come to us like a shower, like
the rain of springtime to the earth. What am I to do with you,
Ephraim? What am I to do with you, Judah? For your love is like
morning mist, like the dew that quickly disappears. This is why I have
hacked them to pieces by means of the prophets, why I have killed them
with words from my mouth, why my sentence will blaze forth like the
dawn- for faithful love is what pleases me, not sacrifice; knowledge
of God, not burnt offerings.
He spoke the following parable to some people who prided themselves on
being upright and despised everyone else, 'Two men went up to the
Temple to pray, one a Pharisee, the other a tax collector. The
Pharisee stood there and said this prayer to himself, "I thank you,
God, that I am not grasping, unjust, adulterous like everyone else,
and particularly that I am not like this tax collector here. I fast
twice a week; I pay tithes on all I get." The tax collector stood some
distance away, not daring even to raise his eyes to heaven; but he
beat his breast and said, "God, be merciful to me, a sinner." This
man, I tell you, went home again justified; the other did not. For
everyone who raises himself up will be humbled, but anyone who humbles
himself will be raised up.'
Have you ever heard the tip that experienced drivers tell new ones
about dealing with policemen who catch them for a traffic violation?
"Always admit that you're wrong and that the cop is right," they say
"and he'll let you go." Jesus gives us the same advice about God our
heavenly Father. Just like the tax collector in today's Gospel, if we
are honest about our imperfections and failings, we can count on
getting another chance.
It is easy to slip into the Pharisee's frame of mind. We obey the Law.
In fact, we honestly try to do all the things required of us and more.
But when we sincerely examine our lives, we will see that nothing we
do will ever be worthy of Jesus' sacrifice at Calvary on our behalf.
We must constantly ask for the grace to see ourselves as we really
are, and then salvation can begin.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Alejandro Legaspi
- Lydia Pe
… for the personal intentions of
- Almabelle Abapo
- Couples for Christ Saudi Arabia chapter
- Mary Wong
… for the personal intentions and guidance of
- the Olmedo Family
- the Atrero Family
- Florentina Canaco
- Rosanna Cardenas
- Aurora Valdellon
- Oma Guatno
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Robert Salvador
- In Memoriam (+): Yang Lon
… for world peace and reconciliation.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers
and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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