Friday, March 29, 2019

Friday of the Third Week of Lent

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 48:10-21
Mass: Hos 14:2-10; Resp Ps 81; Mk 12:28-34

I am the Lord your God; hear my voice.

We join the scribe and say to Jesus, our Teacher: 'You are right in saying, He is the One and there is no other than He. And to love Him with all your heart, with all your understanding, with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is worth more than all the burnt offerings and sacrifices.' The Lord will heal our defection and love us freely.

Let him who is wise and prudent understand these things: let him who is prudent know them. Straight are the paths of the Lord, in them the just walk, but sinners stumble in them.

O Love,
begin now to exercise your mastery over me,
removing me from myself for the ministry of your living charity and cherishing love.
O Love, possessing, sanctifying, and filling my entire spirit.
(St Gertrude the Great of Helfta)

The soul returns and is converted to the Word to be reformed by Him and conformed to Him. In what way? In love-For Paul says, 'Be imitators of God, like dear children, and walk in love as Christ also loved you'.
(St Bernard of Clairvaux)

We are commanded in this life to have that perfect love which is unstinting.
(William of St Thierry)

O God, when we believe more easily in hatred than in love, in enmity than in forgiveness, in gain than in self-giving, reform our hearts and our lives through our Lenten observance, that we may love you and our neighbor as Christ loved, even unto death on the cross.
Through the same Christ our Lord, Amen.
(Magnificat, Prayer for the Morning, March 29, 2019)

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