Friday of the Second Week of Lent

Gn 37:3,4,12,13a,17b-28a; Ps 105:16-21; Mt 21:33-43,45-46:  Only the LORD has pure motives.  They are sometimes hidden from our sight, but they are always pure.  All through Lent, we remember the marvels the LORD has done.  He has done many great things, and He has always done them out of love, pure and simple love.  When […]

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Thursday of the Second Week in Lent

Jer 17:5-10; Ps 1:1-4, 6; Lk 16:19-31:  They are like chaff which the wind drives away. Who are they?  They are the wicked.  What a great metaphor.  What a great image.  Today’s psalm and today’s first reading are almost identical.  This comparison is proclaimed in both.  The wicked are not just clueless.  They are deliberately clueless.  […]

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Monday of the Second Week in Lent

Dn 9:4-10; Ps 79:8,9,11,13; Lk 6:36-38:  We are our own worst enemy. We remember our iniquities and sometimes even find such memories titillating.  At such moments we can take refuge in the prayer of today’s responsorial psalm, “LORD, may your compassion quickly come!”  Without the LORD and his constant mercy and faithful compassion, we do not […]

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Friday of the First Week in Lent

Ez 18:21-28; Ps 130:1-8,6; Mt 5:20-26:  What is plenteous redemption?  It is something beyond kindness.  It is found with the LORD, the one who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities. This season of Lent beckons us to consider plenteous redemption.  In this desert retreat, we dare to ponder the wonder of being heard from the […]

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Thursday of the First Week in Lent

Est C:12,14-16,23-25; Ps 138:1-8; Mt 7:7-12:  The Lord Jesus continues to teach his disciples about prayer.  The Psalm Response and the First Reading are used by the liturgy to reinforce the Divine Teacher’s instruction.  Psalm 138 is full of thanksgiving.  Indeed, we echo such an attitude when the LORD answers our most basic prayer: “Forsake […]

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Tuesday of the First Week in Lent

Is 55:10,11; Ps 34:4-7,16-19; Mt 6:7-15:  All through Lent the church prays, “Restore my joy in your salvation; sustain in me a willing spirit.” This urgent plea comes from Psalm 51; it is King David’s act of repentance and ours as a church on this Lenten Pilgrimage.  Already, the LORD has begun to answer our prayer.  […]

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