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Saturday after Ash Wednesday

Psalm 16:8: I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Lord Jesus, we come to you: Our hearts are cold; Lord, warm them with your selfless love. Our hearts are sinful; cleanse them with your precious blood. Our hearts are weak; strengthen them with your joyous Spirit. Our hearts are empty; fill them with your divine presence. Lord Infant Jesus, our hearts are yours; possess them always and only for yourself.
  Today's Readings ... (February 25, 2012)
Saturday after Ash Wednesday
First Reading: Isaiah 58:9b-14
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 86:1-2,3-4,5-6
Gospel: Luke 5:27-32
Lectionary: 222
Colour: Violet
  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (Luke 5:27-32)
When the Pharisees tested Jesus unorthodox behavior in eating with public sinners, Jesus' defense was very simple. His narration was, a doctor doesn't need to treat healthy people; as a substitute he goes to those who are sick. Jesus likewise sought out those in the greatest need. A true physician seeks curing of the whole person – body, mind, and spirit. Jesus came as the divine physician and good shepherd to concern for his people and to restore them to wholeness of life. The orthodox were so preoccupied with their own practice of religion that they neglected to help the very people who needed the greatest care. Their religion was selfish because they didn't want to have anything to do with people not like themselves. Jesus stated his mission in clear terms: I came not to call the righteous, but to call sinners. Paradoxically the orthodox were as needy as those they reviled. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Do we thank the Lord for the great compassion he has shown to us? And do we seek the good of all your neighbors and show them mercy and kindness?

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