Friday, March 09, 2018


SATURDAY, 3rd Week of Lent

March 10, 2018 – SATURDAY, 3rd Week of Lent



Hos 6: 1 - 6 / Lk 18: 9 - 14


FROM THE 1ST READING:             Hos 6: 1 - 2, 6

Come, let us return to Yahweh. He who shattered us to pieces will heal us as well; he has struck us down, but he will bind up our wounds. Two days later he will bring us back to life; on the third day, he will raise us up, and we shall live in his presence.....


For it is love that I desire, not sacrifice; it is knowledge of God, not burnt offerings.


GOSPEL READING:           Lk 18: 9- 14

Jesus told another parable to some persons fully convinced of their own righteousness, who looked down on others. "Two men went up to the Temple to pray: one was a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and said, 'I thank you, God, that I am not like other people, grasping, crooked, adulterous, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all my income to the Temple.'


"In the meantime the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast saying, '0 God, be merciful to me, a sinner.'


"I tell you, when this man went down to his house, he had been set right with God, but not the other. For whoever makes himself out to be great will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be raised."



In the first reading we are told that, when we repent before God, it is not enough that we offer him sacrifices or burnt offerings. If we repent before God, we should be ready to change our ways, to love God and to do as he wills for us.


The Gospel reading teaches us to pray to God like the tax collector, truly humble and contrite and not like the Pharisee, proud of his legalistic following and service of God but not realistic in his assessment of himself before the all powerful God.


God listens to us when we are humble and contrite: he is kind and merciful, compassionate and loving of sinners. Let us approach him with trust and sincerity while begging for his mercy.


During Lent we pray with contrite hearts that God may forgive us our sins and we offer ourselves to God in loving service to him and our neighbor. We ask God to give us a new life in his Spirit.





     Jom Ramos

     Adrian Wilson



     Andrew Ng


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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