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Tuesday, Second Week of Lent

March 18, 2014


Blessed St. Cyril of Jerusalem’s Day!

You can find his story here.

Entrance Antiphon:
This is the steward, faithful and prudent, whom the Lord set over His household
to give them their allowance of food at the proper time.

O God, who through Bishop Saint Cyril of Jerusalem
led Your Church in a wonderful way
to a deeper sense of the mysteries of salvation,
grant us, through his intercession,
that we may so acknowledge Your Son
as to have life ever more abundantly.
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.

I John 5:1-5 (Whoever obeys God’s commandments conquers the world)
Psalm 19:8-11 “The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart”
+John 15:1-8 (Whoever remains in Me will bear much fruit)

The sap is rising in the vine
–O, finally!–
as winter starts to lose
its icy grip
on branches barren
from the cold.

This Lenten life
of listening
and budding forth
comes flowing in the words
from Jesus’ lips;
more precious
than the purest gold,
and sweeter far
than golden honey
from abundant combs,

because they’re words of life.

Mere gold is dead
and honey’s sweetness passes
with the taste.

It conquers nothing.

But with the Word of God
in us,
alive and active,
sending forth
new growth,
we overcome.

Am I attached to the Word of God?
Does His life, His teaching, flow through me, vivifying everything?

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