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Friday, second week of Lent

March 9, 2012

Blessed St. Frances of Rome’s Day!

You can find her story here :

Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that, purifying us by the sacred practise of penance,
You may lead us in sincerity of heart
to attain the holy things to come.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.
(Opening Prayer from Mass)

Readings:
Genesis 37:3-4, 12-13, 17-28 (Joseph’s jealous brothers wanted to kill him,
but sold him into slavery instead)
Psalm 105:16-21 “Remember the marvels the Lord has done”
+Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46 (the murderous tenants of the vineyard will be ousted)

The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.
-Psalm 118:22, Matthew 21:42

It’s the stone–the Son–the Father chose.

Jacob sent Joseph, his beloved son.

Go then,
see if all is well with your brothers and the flocks,
and bring back word
-Genesis 37:14

The owner of the vineyard sent his son to collect his share of the harvest

They will respect my son
-Matthew 21:37

God the Father sent Jesus, His Beloved Son.

No one can come to Me
unless the Father who sent Me draws him
-John 6:44

Jealous workers rebelled.

Joseph’s brothers:

Here comes that master dreamer!
Come on, let us kill him
-Genesis 37:19-20

The tenants of the vineyard:

Here is the one who will inherit everything.
Let us kill him and them we shall have his inheritance!
-Matthew 21:38

The Jewish leaders of Jesus’ day:

From that day onward there was a plot afoot to kill Him
-John 11:53

it was out of jealousy that they had handed Him over
-Matthew 27:18

The Father prevailed.

he made [Joseph] lord of his house
and ruler of all his possessions
-Psalm 105:21

He will put those wretched men to a wretched death
and lease his vineyard to other tenants
who will give him the produce at the proper times
-Matthew 21:41

God has made both Lord and Messiah
this Jesus whom you crucified
-Acts 2:36

The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.
-Psalm 118:22, Matthew 21:42

But there’s still hope for the villains!

Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart,
and they asked Peter and the other apostles,
“What are we to do, my brothers?”
Peter said to them,
“Repent and be baptized, every one of you,
in the Name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins”
-Acts 2:37-38

For the Baptized, this hope is extended in the Sacrament of Confession:
the second plank [of salvation] after the shipwreck which is the loss of grace
(see Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 1446).

When we repent,
God turns our sin itself to our salvation.

Have no fear…
Even though you meant harm to me,
God meant it for good,
to achieve His present end,
the survival of many people.
-Genesis 50:19-20

Has jealousy got a grip on you?
Are you rejecting the cornerstone God’s chosen for your life?
Will you cooperate with God’s desire to use even your sin for your benefit?
(see Genesis 42-46, Romans 5-6)

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