Christ the Lord was tempted and suffered for us. Come, let us adore him.
Or: O that today you would listen to his voice: harden not your hearts.
Year: C(I). Psalm week: 1. Liturgical Colour: Violet.
About the author of the Second Reading in today's Office of Readings:
|Second Reading: St John Fisher (1469 - 1535)|
John Fisher was born in Beverley, in Yorkshire, in 1469. He studied theology at the University of Cambridge, and had a successful career there, finally becoming chancellor of the University and bishop of Rochester: unusually for the time, he paid a great deal of attention to the welfare of his diocese. He wrote much against the errors and corruption into which the Church had fallen, and was a friend and supporter of great humanists such as Erasmus of Rotterdam; but he was greatly opposed to Lutheranism, both in its doctrine and in its ideas of reform.
He supported the validity of King Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon, and for this he was briefly imprisoned. When the King had divorced Catherine, married Anne Boleyn, and constituted himself the supreme Head of the Church in England, John Fisher refused to assent. He was imprisoned in the Tower of London on a charge of treason, and on 22 June 1535, a month after having been made a Cardinal by the Pope, he was executed.
|40 Days and 40 Ways: Monday, 5th week of Lent|
“I am the light of the world;
anyone who follows me will not be walking in the dark;
he will have the light of life”. (Jn 8:12)
Dn 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62
The story of Susanna does not occur in the Hebrew version of the Book of Daniel, but was added to the Greek version. The circumstances of the astute young detective are very different from those of the Daniel at the Persian court although, besides the name, he shares also the fidelity to the Law. Was the story originally told of the mythical wise man mentioned in Ezekiel 14:14-20 and elsewhere (Daniel means ‘God judges’)?
Many lessons are to be learnt from this neat story of crime detection, quite apart from the importance of interrogating witnesses separately. The lesson drawn by St Benedict in his Rule is that God often gives wisdom to the youngest, not necessarily the most senior or the most experienced. Another is, of course, the danger of the corruption of power and status, and especially the danger of sexual distraction. It is also a lovely story of faith in divine protection.
The joining together of the two stories of adultery has its own lesson too, pressing home not only the need for true fidelity in marriage, but also the Lord’s kindly mercy to those who fall.
The Gospel reading of the day is Jn 8:12-20.
Prepare some books or cards for Easter to remind friends of its real meaning.
This passage is an extract from the booklet “40 Days and 40 Ways” by Dom Henry Wansbrough OSB, published by the Catholic Truth Society and used by permission. “40 Days and 40 Ways” has meditations for each day in Lent. To find out more about the booklet, or to buy it, please visit the CTS web site.
The Universalis Readings at Mass page shows the readings for today’s Mass.
|Liturgical colour: violet|
Violet is a dark colour, ‘the gloomy cast of the mortified, denoting affliction and melancholy’. Liturgically, it is the colour of Advent and Lent, the seasons of penance and preparation.
|Mid-morning reading (Terce)||Ezekiel 33:10,11 ©|
Our sins and crimes weigh heavily on us; we are wasting away because of them. How are we to go on living? As I live – it is the Lord who speaks – I take pleasure, not in the death of a wicked man, but in the turning back of a wicked man who changes his ways to win life.
|Noon reading (Sext)||Jeremiah 18:20 ©|
Remember how I stood in your presence to plead on their behalf, to turn your wrath away from them.
|Afternoon reading (None)||Jeremiah 31:2,3,4 ©|
The Lord says this: They have found pardon in the wilderness, those who have survived the sword. Israel is marching to his rest. I have loved you with an everlasting love, so I am constant in my affection for you. I build you once more; you shall be rebuilt, virgin of Israel.