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3RD WEEK OF LENT MARCH 05 Tuesday

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Peter asks: How many times should I forgive? Seven times?

it is when you give that you receive. You are rich when you share.

The multiplier effect of heaven is dependent on our openness to bring to others what God brought to us in generosity.

"So will my heavenly Father do with you, unless you sincerely forgive your brothers and sisters."

 

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Daniel 3:25, 34-43*

Azariah stood up

3RD WEEK OF LENT MARCH 04 Monday

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 " no prophet is his own native place."

He is the son of Joseph, but also the Son of God.

But this is not an acceptable thought to the congregation of his birth.

Jesus' mission was to all, especially the lost sheep and the ‘pagans'.

missionaries came to our land to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus, Your Son,

to our ancestors that made us Your people, to be witnesses of Jesus.

 

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2 Kings 5:1-15b*

Naaman was the army commander

2ND WEEK OF LENT Wednesday, February 28

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Jesus said to them, “You will drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left is not mine to grant,

but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.”

Here is Jesus achingly confiding in his beloved ones the heart breaking reality of his impending death.

In today's gospel neither the disciples nor the mother of the sons of thunder show empathy towards Jesus,

they do not have a word of consolation for him.

 

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Jeremiah 18:18-20

Then, they said,

3RD SUNDAY OF LENT MARCH 03 Sunday

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 The hucksters and money-changers were profiteering from people's piety,

exercising a kind of monopoly that battened on the good will of the worshippers. Trade had taken over from prayer.

his driving out the sheep and cattle, he pouring out the coins and overturning the tables,

his order for the dove-sellers to remove the doves and for the temple to cease being a marketplace — is to bring the selling to a halt.

Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!

 

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Exodus 20:1-17

God spoke

2ND WEEK OF LENT Tuesday, February 27

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 There are strong words from Isaiah on his people and their rulers.

He calls the leaders of God’s people “rulers of Sodom” and speaks of the people as “people of Gomorrah”.

“One of the most notable and original features of the teaching of the Hebrew prophets is their repeated insistence

that the Lord is more concerned with men’s behavior in their social relationships than with the formal worship offered to him” .

  

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Isaiah 1:10, 16-20

Hear the warning of Yahweh,

2ND WEEK OF LENT MARCH 02 Saturday

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 Pope Francis releases his prayer intention for March:
"For the martyrs of our day, witnesses to Christ".

The Holy Father emphasises that there will always be martyrs among us and that

"this is a sign that we are on the right path" as the courage and witness of the martyrs, "is a blessing for everyone".

Thus, Pope Francis invites all the faithful to pray for those who risk their lives for the Gospel.

“imbue the Church with their courage and missionary drive.”

 

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Micah 7:14-15, 18-20

 

Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12 The Lord is kind and merciful.

 

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Luke 15:1-3, 11-32*

(...) Jesus continued,

2ND WEEK OF LENT Monday, February 26

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《The Name of God Is Mercy 》:

 "Mercy is the first attribute of God. The name of God is mercy."

mercy is the divine attitude which embraces,  it is God's giving himself to us, accepting us, and bowing to forgive."

 

 Monday, February 26

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Daniel 9:4b-10

I prayed to Yahweh,

2ND WEEK OF LENT MARCH 01 Friday

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Neither Joseph nor Jesus takes revenge;

both become the cornerstones for the redemption of the very families that rejected them.

In this parable of the ungrateful tenants, They forgot the fact that they were only stewards not the master.

The Lord is giving us a chance for conversion. The world is the Lord’s. We are but his stewards.

  

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Genesis 37:3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28a*

(...)They saw him

2ND SUNDAY OF LENT Sunday, February 25

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Jesus went up the mountain with His closest apostles, the three Peter, James and John.

A shining cloud with a voice appeared designating Jesus as the Beloved Son.

Jesus transfigured together with the appearance of Moses and Elijah.

That is why three are needed to witness this supernatural event.

For in the Jewish tradition three are needed to testify in order for what they claim to be considered as truth.

The three witnessed fumble unable to contain the truth they see.

 

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Genesis 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18

Sometime later

2ND WEEK OF LENT Thursday, February 29

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 The rich young man who asks Jesus how he can inherit eternal life is told
that he is to sell all he has and distribute the money to the poor.

When this makes him sad (because of his wealth)
Jesus comments that the rich tend to have more difficulty entering the kingdom of God .

Pope Francis once said that the person of Lazarus teaches us.

They are also children of our God that deserve our acceptance, respect and love.

In this Lenten season, let us be reminded of the need for renewal in our relationship with one another.

 

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Jeremiah 17:5-10

This is what Yahweh says,

1ST WEEK OF LENT Saturday, February 24

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 『As we love others like Christ loved us, we will see people change around us, for love covers over a multitude of sins.』

Continues Jesus' teaching on love and humility,

After commanding believers not to seek revenge in the face of insults,

Jesus expands the idea of love to include one's enemies.

Jesus' disciples must do good works, as the salt of the earth and light of the world.

Believers should not seek revenge, we should strive to be perfect, as God is perfect.

  

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Deuteronomy 26:16-19

On this day,