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Saturday, third week of Lent

March 14, 2015

JMJ

Blessed Saturday!

Entrance Antiphon:
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and never forget all His benefits;
it is He who forgives all your sins.

Collect:
Rejoicing in this annual celebration of our Lenten observance,
we pray, O Lord,
that, with our hearts set on the paschal mysteries,
we may be gladdened by their full effects.
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:
Hosea 6:1-6 (God wants changed lives, not bribes)
Psalm 51:3-4, 18-21 “It is steadfast love, not sacrifice, that God desires”
+Luke 18:9-14 (the proud Pharisee vs. the humble tax collector)

When I trust in myself
instead of God

I make an idol
of my faith
and it will not
support my weight.
No matter how good
I may look,
it’s empty show.

But when I cast myself
entirely
on Him,
distrusting self,
He takes the burden
from my heart
and gives me wings.

Is my center of gravity on God or on myself? How can I tell?
Have I turned my faith into an idol?

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