Tuesday 26 March 2019    (other days)
Tuesday of the 3rd week of Lent 

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: 3. Liturgical Colour: Violet.

About the author of the Second Reading in today's Office of Readings:

Second Reading: St Peter Chrysologus (380 - 450)
Peter was born and died in Imola in northern Italy. He was made bishop of Ravenna, the new capital of the Roman Empire, and was responsible for many of the building works there. The name “Chrysologus” means “golden speech”, and was given to Peter because he was such a gifted preacher; unfortunately, most of his writings have perished, and only a collection of short sermons remains.

40 Days and 40 Ways: Tuesday, 3rd week of Lent
Then Peter went up to him and said, “Lord, how often must I forgive my brother if he wrongs me? As often as seven times?” Jesus answered, “Not seven, I tell you, but seventy-seven times.” (Mt 18:21-22)
  Dn 3:25, 34-43
  In the story of the three young men in the fiery furnace, faithful Jews who refused to worship the golden statue of King Nebuchadnezzar, the famous song is the great blessing, which calls upon the whole of creation to praise the Lord. This is preceded by the present song, sung by Azariah (alias Abed-nego) alone. It is instinct with the awareness, so common in post-exilic writing, of sin and shame, and of the dependence of Israel on the mercy of God. Many of the psalms of lament date from this time, but nowhere is the feeling so strong as in the Book of Baruch.
  This song exists only in the Greek Bible, not the Hebrew or Aramaic text, which suggests that it is a late addition to the Book of Daniel. But the spirituality is the same, mourning the loss of leadership and of Temple sacrifice, and relying wholly on the loving mercy of God, that family love revealed to Moses after the worship of the golden calf on Sinai. Israel has no merits of its own and can only gratefully receive mercy. It is a fitting preparation for the Gospel reading of the parable of the Prodigal Son.
  The Gospel reading of the day is Mt 18:21-35.
  Restore a friendship which has become wobbly.
Dom Henry Wansbrough

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.

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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)Joel 2:17 ©
Between vestibule and altar let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, lament. Let them say, ‘Spare your people, O Lord! Do not make your heritage a thing of shame, a byword for the nations.’

Noon reading (Sext)Jeremiah 3:25 ©
We have sinned against the Lord our God, we and our ancestors from our youth until today, and we have not listened to the voice of the Lord our God.

Afternoon reading (None)Isaiah 58:1-2 ©
Shout for all you are worth, raise your voice like a trumpet. Proclaim their faults to my people, their sins to the House of Jacob. They seek me day after day, they long to know my ways, like a nation that wants to act with integrity and not ignore the law of its God.
Scripture readings taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc, and used by permission of the publishers. For on-line information about other Random House, Inc. books and authors, see the Internet web site at http://www.randomhouse.com.
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