MONDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK OF LENT
OPENING INSIGHT Ps 26:11-12
Redeem me, O Lord, and have mercy on me. My foot stands on level ground: I will bless the LORD in the assembly.
SCRIPTURE READING Luke 6:36-38
At that time: Jesus said to his disciples, “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”
Soul Search: How can I embrace the art of forgiving? Am I ready to excuse others rather than judging them?
O God, who have taught us to chasten our bodies for the healing of our souls, enable us, we pray, to abstain from all sins, and strengthen our hearts to carry out your loving commands. Through our Lord. . .
TUESDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK OF LENT
OPENING INSIGHT Ps 13:4-5
Give light to my eyes lest I fall asleep in death; lest my enemy say, I have overcome him.
SCRIPTURE READING Isaiah 1:10.16-20
Hear the word of the LORD, you rulers of Sodom! Give ear to the teaching of our God, you people of Gomorrah! Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow. “Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”
Soul Search: Do I value the sacrament of confession? Do I believe in its cleansing power?
Guard your Church, we pray, O Lord, in your unceasing mercy, and since without you mortal humanity is sure to fall, may we be kept by your constant help from all harm and directed to all that brings salvation. Through our Lord. . .
WEDNESDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK OF LENT
OPENING INSIGHT Ps 38:22-23
Forsake me not, O LORD! My God, be not far from me! Make haste and come to my help, O Lord, my strong salvation!
SCRIPTURE READING Matthew 20:17-28
But Jesus answered, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the chalice that I am to drink?” They said to him, “We are able.” He said to them, “You will drink my chalice, but to sit at my right hand and at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.” And when the Ten heard it, they were indignant at the two brothers. But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave; even as the Son of man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Soul Search: Can I imitate Jesus? Can I give myself for others
Keep your family, O Lord, schooled always in good works, and so comfort them with your protection here as to lead them graciously to gifts on high. Through our Lord. . .
THURSDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK OF LENT
OPENING INSIGHT Ps 139:23-24
Test me, O God, and know my thoughts. See that my path is not wicked, and lead me in the way everlasting.
SCRIPTURE READING Jeremiah 17:5-10
Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his arm, whose heart turns away from the LORD. He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately corrupt; who can understand it? “I the LORD search the mind and try the heart, to give to every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.”
Soul Search: Where or in what is my trust? How can I deepen my trust in God?
O God, who delight in innocence and restore it, direct the hearts of your servants to yourself, that, caught up in the fire of your Spirit, we may be found steadfast in faith and effective in works. Through our Lord. . .
FRIDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK OF LENT
OPENING INSIGHT Ps 31:2.5
In you, O Lord, I put my trust, let me never be put to shame; release me from the snare they have hidden for me, for you indeed are my refuge.
SCRIPTURE READING Matthew 21:33-43.45-46
Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The very stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes’? Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation producing the fruits of it.” When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they perceived that he was speaking about them. But when they tried to arrest him, they feared the multitudes, because they held him to be a prophet.
Soul Search: How can I bear in my life fruits worthy of God’s kingdom?
Grant, we pray, almighty God, that, purifying us by the sacred practice of penance, you may lead us in sincerity of heart to attain the holy things to come. Through our Lord. . .
SATURDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK OF LENT
OPENING INSIGHT Ps 145:8-9
The LORD is kind and full of compassion, slow to anger, abounding in mercy. How good is the LORD to all, compassionate to all his creatures.
SCRIPTURE READING Micah 7:14-15.18-20
Shepherd your people, [O Lord,] with your staff, the flock of your inheritance, who dwell alone in a forest in the midst of a garden land; let them feed in Bashan and Gilead as in the days of old. As in the days when you came out of the land of Egypt I will show them marvellous things. Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger for ever because he delights in mercy. He will again have compassion upon us, he will tread our iniquities under foot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. You will show faithfulness to Jacob and mercy to Abraham, as you have sworn to our fathers from the days of old.
Soul Search: Am I ready to overcome my anger by showing mercy?
O God, who grant us by glorious healing remedies while still on earth, to be partakers of the things of heaven, guide us, we pray, through this present life and bring us to that light in which you dwell. Through our Lord. . .