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Thursday, fourth week of Lent

March 14, 2013

JMJ

Blessed Thursday!

VIVA PAPA FRANCESCO!

Entrance Antiphon:
Let the hearts that seek the lord rejoice;
turn to the Lord and His strength; constantly seek His Face.

Collect:
We invoke Your mercy in humble prayer, O Lord,
that You may cause us, Your servants,
corrected by penance and schooled by good works,
to persevere sincerely in Your commands
and come safely to the paschal festivities.
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.

Readings:
Exodus 32:7-14 (Moses intercedes for the Israelites, who are worshiping the golden calf)
Psalm 106:19-23 “Lord, remember us, for the love You bear Your people”
+John 5:31-47 (prophesy points to Jesus as Messiah)

He stands before the Lord
to plead for us

his staff in hand
(the Cross)
upon the mount
of Calvary.

We shut Him down
as we do Moses
(also staff in hand)
up on the mount.

We do not want
God’s praise
but man’s.

We will discredit
any voice
that tells us
what we do not want to hear–
even if
His credentials are divine,
even if
He lays down His life
for us.

He cannot save those
who refuse defense.

From what is God trying to save you?
How can you cooperate?

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