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Friday after Ash Wednesday

1 John 4:10: This is love: not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
Prayer ...
Heavenly Father, why you should love us and send Jesus to die for us we will never fully understand. Thank you for your love. Thank you for your sacrifice for our sins. Thank you Jesus for coming to save us. We pray in your name and by your intercession. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (February 15, 2013)
Day: Friday after Ash Wednesday
First Reading: Is 58:1-9a
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 18-19
Second Reading: Nil
Gospel: Matthew 9:14-15
Lectionary: 221
Colour: Violet
Listen to Reading:
Scripture: Matthew 9:14-15
14Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?" 15And Jesus said to them, "Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.
Meditation on Today's Scripture:
In Jesus' time the newlywed cupules celebrated their honeymoon at home for a whole week with all the guests! This was a time of huge feasting and celebrating. Jesus spots to himself as the bridegroom and his disciples as the bridegroom's friends. He alludes to the fact that God takes enjoyment in his people as a groom delights in his bride. To be in God's presence is pure delight and pleasure. But Jesus also reminds his followers that there is a time for fasting and for humbling oneself in preparation for the coming of God's kingdom and for the go back of the Messianic King. The Lord's disciples have to also bear the cross of suffering and purification. For the disciple there is both a time for rejoicing in the Lord's attendance and celebrating his goodness and a time for seeking the Lord with humbleness, fasting, and mourning for sin. If we hunger for the Lord, he will not let down us. His grace draws us to his throne of compassion and favor.


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