SATURDAY AFTER ASH WEDNESDAY (Day 4)
OPENING INSIGHT Ps Ps 69:17
Answer us, LORD, for your mercy is kind; in the abundance of your mercies, look upon us.
SCRIPTURE READING Isaiah 58:9c-14
Thus says the LORD: “If you take away from the midst of you the yoke, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.
Am I ready to use words that build up my brothers and sisters?
Almighty ever-living God, look with compassion on our weakness and ensure us your protection by stretching forth the right hand of your majesty. Through our Lord. . .
FRIDAY AFTER ASH WEDNESDAY (Day 3)
OPENING INSIGHT Ps 30:11
The LORD heard and had mercy on me; the LORD became my helper.
SCRIPTURE READING Isaiah 58:1-9a
“Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh? Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you, the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, Here I am.”
How can I put joy on sad faces through my works of charity?
Show gracious favour, O Lord, we pray, to the works of penance we have begun, that we may have strength to accomplish with sincerity the bodily observances we undertake. Through our Lord . . .
Adapted from: “The Daily Missal
| Year of publication: 2012, | (Paulines Publications Africa)