Saturday, February 16, 2019

Saturday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

Blessed Virgin Mary

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 13:12-14
Mass: Gn 3:9-24; Resp Ps 90; Mk 8:1-10

Then the Lord said to the serpent: On your belly shall you crawl, and dirt shall you eat all the days of your life.

Considering today's first reading from Mass and the passage from the Holy Rule it may be a good day to pray slowly and thoughtfully the Lord's Prayer. We know from St Thomas Aquinas that it is a most perfect prayer and St Benedict reminds us of  'thorns of contention' that are likely to spring up (RB 13:12). 

(Mt 6:12)

Grant us, O merciful God,
protection in our weakness,
that we, who keep the Memorial of the holy Mother of God,
may, with the help of her intercession,
rise up from our iniquities.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity 
of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
(Collect, Mass)

Jesus asks us to produce just one work of art, which is possible for everyone: that of our own life.
(Pope Francis, Twitter, February 16, 2019)

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