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Friday after Ash Wednesday

1 John 5:12: He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
  PRAYER FOR THE DAY ...
Heavenly Father, revitalize in us a desire to spread your grace to every language, tribe, nation, and people. Allow us with your Spirit so that we will speak the Gospel of Jesus with courage and respect to the world and love of Him. Set us on fire and clasp us close, be fragrant to us, draw us to your loveliness, through Infant Jesus’ we pray. Amen.
  Today's Readings ... (February 24, 2012)
Friday after Ash Wednesday
First Reading: Isaiah 58:1-9a
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 51:3-4,5-6ab,18-19
Gospel: Matthew 9:14-15
Lectionary: 221
Colour: Violet
  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (Matthew 9:14-15)
A fasting can be done for many of reasons. To gain freedom from some bad habit, addiction, or vice, to share in the misery of those who go without, or to grow in our hunger for God and for the things of heaven. Hungering for God and fasting for his kingdom go hand in hand. When asked why he and his followers did not fast Jesus used a dramatic picture of a wedding party. At Jesus' time the newly wed celebrated their marriage at home for a whole week with all the guests. He alludes to the fact that God takes pleasure in his people as a groom delights in his bride. To be in God's presence is pure delight and happiness. But Jesus also reminds his followers that there is a time for fasting and for overwhelming oneself in preparation for the coming of God's kingdom and for the return of the King. If we hunger for the Lord, he will not upset with us. His elegance draws us to his throne of mercy and favor. Do we seek the Lord with confident trust and allow his Holy Spirit to change our life with his power and grace?
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Friday Sixth Week Ordinary Time

Tomorrow:

Saturday after Ash Wednesday


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