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Monday, first week of Lent

March 10, 2014

JMJ

Blessed Monday!

Entrance Antiphon:
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.

Collect:
Convert us, O God our Savior,
and instruct our minds by heavenly teaching,
that we may benefit from the works of Lent.
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 today’s Mass)

Readings:
Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18 (specific ways to love our neighbor)
Psalm 19: 8-10, 15 “Your words Lord, are spirit and life”
+Matthew 25:31-46 (what we do to others, we do to God)

I was an outsider
and you sunegagete Me
~Matthew 25:35

You “synagogued” Me!

It’s true,
the word means “welcomed”,
but a synagogue’s a place
to come together
sharing faith–
a thing we find most difficult
to do
with those outside.

When have we cast about
the naked shivering shoulders
a Baptismal robe
of white
(or reminded them of one
they had cast off
and could put on again)
?

When have we visited
those sick with sin,
imprisoned in their vices,
loving them enough
to point the way
to healing, freedom,
found in the confessional?

When have we fed those
hungry
for the Eucharist,
and thirsting
for the Precious Blood,
preparing them to join us
at the feast?

Or have we dealt them falsely,
putting scandals in the way
of blinded eyes
so that they fall,
and taking notice of their deafness
(irritating as it is)
to call down curses,
thus defrauding them of earnings
(payable in sacred coin)
for the good they’ve done
for us
(however small that good may be).

The Judge
Who takes His throne of glory
will assume the face of each
and will repay.

How do I respond to those who suffer the lack of faith–especially the ones who get on my nerves?
Dear Lord, help me to see–and love–You in them!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Kathy Krile permalink
    March 10, 2014 9:37 am

    How do we respond without turning them further away? Good question. God question.

    • March 10, 2014 11:01 am

      If you really want to help the soul of your neighbor,
      first approach God with all your heart and ask Him to fill you with love.
      Then you can accomplish all you desire. –St. Vincent Ferrar

      It’s at least a good place to start!

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