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Second Week of Lent

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WHO ARE YOU?

Liturgical Colour: 

Micah 7:14-15, 18-20 & Lk. 156:1-3, 11-32

“The Lord is compassion and love.” Those words of the responsorial psalm summarise both today's readings. The first is an appeal to God to be merciful. “Once more have pity on us, tread down our faults to the bottom of the sea throw all our sins.” In the second, the parable of the Prodigal Son, Jesus gives us a perfect description of His Father, showing how patient, loving and merciful He is to both his sons. Each offended Him but He could not stop loving them.

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WHOM DO WE RESPECT?

Liturgical Colour: 

Gen. 37:3-4, 12-13, 17-28 & Mt. 21:33-43, 45-46

A lack of respect is the theme in both today's readings. In one a young man is rejected and ill-treated by his own brothers; in the other servants turn against their landlord.

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BEING GRATEFUL FOR WHAT WE HAVE

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Jer. 17:5-10 & Lk. 16:19-31

The fact that the rich man in today's Gospel ended his days in Hell indicates he led an evil life. And the fact that Lazarus ended his days in Heaven shows that despite his poverty he led a good life. Two different types of men are also featured in the first reading. One relied on himself and turned his back on God, which is what the rich man in the parable did. The other man put his trust in God, which is what the poor man Lazarus did.

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DO WE TRUST IN THE LORD?

Liturgical Colour: 

Jer. 18:18-2- & Mt. 20:17-28

'It's not fair!' Haven’t we all said this at some point of our lives? We’ve done our best and instead of being appreciated we are attacked and criticised. This is how Jeremiah felt because God had given him the job of speaking to the Jewish people, pointing out to them how they had gone astray, and leading them back to His friendship. All this was for their own good. Jeremiah had even prayed for them, that God would not punish them for their disobedience. Yet their only response was to plot his downfall and dig a pit for him.

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THE MEANING OF TRUE REPENTANCE AND HOW TO LEARN FROM BAD EXAMPLE

Liturgical Colour: 

Is. 1:10, 18-20 & Mt. 23:1-12

Repentance and conversion have to involve more than a mere verbal admission of guilt. They must show in actions as Isaiah points out in today's first reading, in a new way of living, in a change of attitude. We must take wrongdoing out of God’s sight and do good to the poor, orphans and widows. If we do then we can rejoice over the words, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are like crimson, they shall be like wool.”

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PROOF THAT JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD

Liturgical Colour: 

Lk. 9:28-36

When I think of the Transfiguration I consider myself a very fortunate person. When I visited Mount Tabor for the first time it was in the evening and in all my life I had never witnessed such a red sunset. It was so easy to imagine what happened on that mountain on this occasion.

Father Francis's picture

WHO ARE YOU?

Liturgical Colour: 

Micah 7:14-15, 18-20 & Lk. 156:1-3, 11-32

“The Lord is compassion and love.” Those words of the responsorial psalm summarise both today's readings. The first is an appeal to God to be merciful. “Once more have pity on us, tread down our faults to the bottom of the sea throw all our sins.” In the second, the parable of the Prodigal Son, Jesus gives us a perfect description of His Father, showing how patient, loving and merciful He is to both his sons. Each offended Him but He could not stop loving them.

Father Francis's picture

WHOM DO WE RESPECT?

Liturgical Colour: 

Gen. 37:3-4, 12-13, 17-28 & Mt. 21:33-43, 45-46

A lack of respect is the theme in both today's readings. In one a young man is rejected and ill-treated by his own brothers; in the other servants turn against their landlord.

Father Francis's picture

BEING GRATEFUL FOR WHAT WE HAVE

Liturgical Colour: 

Jer. 17:5-10 & Lk. 16:19-31

The fact that the rich man in today's Gospel ended his days in Hell indicates he led an evil life. And the fact that Lazarus ended his days in Heaven shows that despite his poverty he led a good life. Two different types of men are also featured in the first reading. One relied on himself and turned his back on God, which is what the rich man in the parable did. The other man put his trust in God, which is what the poor man Lazarus did.

Father Francis's picture

DO WE TRUST IN THE LORD?

Liturgical Colour: 

Jer. 18:18-2- & Mt. 20:17-28

'It's not fair!' Haven’t we all said this at some point of our lives? We’ve done our best and instead of being appreciated we are attacked and criticised. This is how Jeremiah felt because God had given him the job of speaking to the Jewish people, pointing out to them how they had gone astray, and leading them back to His friendship. All this was for their own good. Jeremiah had even prayed for them, that God would not punish them for their disobedience. Yet their only response was to plot his downfall and dig a pit for him.

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