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Monday of the Third Week of Lent

Joshua 1:9: Have not I commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
Prayer ...
Heavenly Father, God who is and was and is to come, thank you for being there and staying there when all others abandon and leave. You are the one constant in our life so full of change. Help us become more unwavering and faithful in our commitments and relationships to respect you and to learn more about you. Through Infant Jesus we pray. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (March 04, 2013)
Day: Monday of the Third Week of Lent
First Reading: 2 Kgs 5:1-15ab
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 42:2, 3; 43:3, 4
Second Reading: Nil
Gospel: Luke 4:24-30
Lectionary: 237
Colour: Voilet
Listen to Reading:
Scripture: Luke 4:21-30
24And he said, "Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his own country. 25But in truth, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Eli'jah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when there came a great famine over all the land; 26and Eli'jah was sent to none of them but only to Zar'ephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. 27And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Eli'sha; and none of them was cleansed, but only Na'aman the Syrian." 28When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath. 29And they rose up and put him out of the city, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might throw him down headlong. 30But passing through the midst of them he went away.
Meditation on Today's Scripture:
Jesus proclaimed the good news of God's kingdom to his own people; he did not hesitate to tackle them with their sin of indifference and unbelief. He started his listeners in the synagogue at Nazareth with an ostensible rebuke that no prophet or servant of God can receive respect among his own people. He then angered them when he praised the Gentiles who seemed to have shown more faith in God than the "chosen ones" of Israel. The Jews regarded the doubting Gentiles as "fuel for the fires of hell." Jesus' praise for "outsiders" offended the ears of his own people since they were blind-sighted to God's mercy and plan of salvation for all nations. The word of caution and judgment spoken by Jesus was met with resentment by his own people. They by force threw him out of the town and would have done him hurt had he not stopped them. Jesus offers healing and pardon to all who respectfully ask for his mercy and help. He will set us free from every sinful practice and every harmful way of relating to our neighbor, if we allow him to purify and heal us. Do we want the Lord Jesus to set us free from every sinful pattern and to make us whole and well again? Ask him to show us the way to walk in his love and truth. Loving Infant Jesus, teach us to love your ways that we may be quick to renounce sin and willfulness in our life. Make us whole and clean again that we may delight to do your will.


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