Monday of the First Week of Lent
OPENING INSIGHT Ps 123: 2-3
Like the eyes of slaves on the hand of their lords, so our eyes are on the Lord our God, till he show us his mercy. Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.
SCRIPTURE READING Matthew 25:31-46
“Then the King will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, O blessed of my father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.’
Soul Search: Do I see Jesus in the faces of those who suffer? What can I do to help them?
Convert us, O God our Saviour, and instruct our minds by heavenly teaching, that we may benefit from the works of Lent. Through our Lord. . .
Tuesday of the First Week of Lent
OPENING INSIGHT Ps 90:1-2
O Lord, you have been our refuge, from generation to generation; from age to age, you are.
SCRIPTURE READING Isaiah 55:10-11
Thus says the Lord: “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I intend, and prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
Soul Search: Do I allow the word of God to bear root in me, to transform my life and actions? Do I trust in the power of God’s word?
Look upon your family, Lord, that, through the chastening effects of bodily discipline, our minds may be radiant in your presence with the strength of our yearning for you. Through our Lord. . .
Wednesday of the First Week of Lent
OPENING INSIGHT Ps 25:6.2.22
Remember your compassion, O Lord, and your merciful love, for they are from of old. Let not our enemies exult over us. Redeem us, O God of Israel, from all our distress.
SCRIPTURE READING Jonah 3:1-10
“By the decree of the king and his nobles: Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything; let them not feed, or drink water, but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and let them cry mightily to God; yes, let every one turn from his evil way and from the violence which is in his hands. Who knows, God may yet repent and turn from his fierce anger, so that we perish not?” When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God repented of the evil which he had said he would do to them; and he did not do it.
Soul Search: Have I been faithful to my Lenten observance? What are the evil ways, the bad habits in me that I have to turn away from?
Look kindly, Lord, we pray, on the devotion of your people, that those, who by self-denial are restrained in body, may by the fruit of good works be renewed in mind. Through our Lord. . .
Thursday of the First Week of Lent
OPENING INSIGHT Ps 5:2-3
To my words give ear, O Lord; give heed to my sighs. Attend to the sound of my cry, my King and my God.
SCRIPTURE READING Matthew 7:7-12
At that time: Jesus said to his disciples, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.
Soul Search: Do I believe that God always answers my prayers by giving or doing what is good for me? Do I pray also for the needs of others?
Bestow on us, we pray, O Lord, a spirit of always pondering on what is right and of hastening to carry it out, and since without you we cannot exist, may we be enabled to live according to your will. Through our Lord. . .
Friday of the First Week of Lent
OPENING INSIGHT Ps 25:17-18
Set me free from my distress, O Lord. See my lowliness and suffering, and take away all my sins.
SCRIPTURE READING Ezekiel 18:21-28
Thus says the Lord God: “If a wicked man turns away from all his sins which he has committed and keeps all my statutes and does what is lawful and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die. None of the transgressions which he has committed shall be remembered against him; for the righteousness which he has done he shall live. he shall surely live, he shall not die.”
Soul Search: Do I believe in the forgiveness of sins? Am I willing to embrace a righteous life?
Grant that your faithful, O Lord, we pray, may be so conformed to the paschal observances, that the bodily discipline now solemnly begun may bear fruit in the souls of all. Through our Lord. . .
Saturday of the First Week of Lent
OPENING INSIGHT Ps 19:8
The law of the Lord is perfect; it revives the soul. The decrees of the Lord are steadfast; they give wisdom to the simple.
SCRIPTURE READING Matthew 5:43-48
At that time: Jesus said to his disciples, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you salute only your brethren, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
Soul Search: Am I willing to pray for those who hurt me? How can I respond to those who criticise or speak harshly to me?
Turn our hearts to you, eternal Father, and grant that, seeking always the one thing necessary and carrying out works of charity, we may be dedicated to your worship. Through our Lord. . .