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First Thursday of Passiontide

March 21, 2013

JMJ

Blessed Thursday!

Entrance Antiphon:
Christ is mediator of a New Covenant, so that by means of His death,
those who are called may receive the promise of an eternal inheritance.

Collect:
Be near, O Lord, to those who plead before You,
and look kindly on those who place their hope in Your mercy,
that, cleansed from the stain of their sins,
they may persevere in holy living
and be made full heirs of Your promise.
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)

Readings:
Genesis 17:3-9 (God establishes His covenant with Abram and changes his name to Abraham)
Psalm 105:4-9 “The Lord remembers His covenant forever”
+John 8:51-59 (Jesus is God; Abraham’s His creature)

Before Abraham came to be,
I AM
~John 8:58

I AM the One
Who made
the covenant with him.

I AM the reason
you exist.

I AM the One
Who gives new life.

If you believe
and keep My Word
and come into
the covenant,
you will receive
eternal life!

Those are strong words
from One like us,
a modest man
who doesn’t try
to stupefy
with eloquence
or showmanship.

They thought He was possessed.

And yet there’s never been a man
more self-possessed
than He:
Incarnate God.

Is God asking something of you that sounds crazy?
Do you believe that He is Who He says He is–that His logic is higher than yours?

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