Wednesday, third week of Lent
Grant, we pray, O Lord,
that, schooled through Lenten observance
and nourished by Your word,
through holy restraint,
we may be devoted to You with all our heart
and be ever united in prayer.
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 for today’s Mass)
Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9 (God’s law gives justice, intelligence and wisdom)
Psalm 147:12-20 “Praise the Lord, Jerusalem”
+Matthew 5:17-19 (Jesus came to fulfill the law, not abolish it)
God wants to make us wise!
I teach you the statutes and decrees
as the Lord, my God, has commanded me…
Observe them carefully,
for thus will you give evidence
of your wisdom and intelligence
to the nations
God knows it all.
His love has given us a way
to mount the skies,
to become wise,
His Word the stairs up which we rise…
Each just command,
His guiding hand
Those who progress
the Lord can bless.
Those who refuse,
Stuck, stymied in their ignorance,
They find themselves the least.
The jot, the tittle, take them down
to sad renown.
How well acquainted are you with God’s commands, His “stairway of wisdom”?
Have you studied them in the Catechism of the Catholic Church?
(paragraphs 1691-2557–there’s a lot more to them than most people think!)
Which steps do you trip over most often?
Have you asked God to help you up?–that’s what Confession is for!