Saturday 17 March 2018    (other days)
Saturday of the 4th week of Lent 
 (optional commemoration of Saint Patrick, Bishop, Missionary)

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: B(II). Psalm week: 4. Liturgical Colour: Violet.

St Patrick (385 - 461)
He was born in Roman Britain around the end of the 4th century, and died in Ireland about the middle of the 5th century. As a missionary bishop, he endured many hardships and faced opposition even from his friends and fellow Christians. Nevertheless, he worked hard to conciliate, to evangelize, and to educate local chieftains and their families. He is remembered for his simplicity and pastoral care, for his humble trust in God, and for his fearless preaching of the gospel to the very people who had enslaved him in his youth. See the articles in Wikipedia and the Catholic Encyclopaedia.

40 Days and 40 Ways: Saturday, 4th week of Lent
But you, Lord Sabaoth, who pronounce a just sentence,
who probe the loins and heart,
let me see the vengeance you will take on them,
for I have committed my cause to you. (Jr 11:20)
Jr 11:18-20
  The prophecies of Jeremiah are interspersed with passages of intimate and heartfelt dialogue with the Lord, in which the prophet bemoans the opposition which he meets to the criticisms of corruption, hypocrisy and infidelity which he is bound to pronounce against the rulers and People of Israel. Despite the pain and difficulty brought by his mission he remains faithful to the charge which has been entrusted to him. This will eventually lead him to being dumped in an underground storage well, and saved from death only by the protection of the king (Jr 38). Here he adopts the image used by his predecessor, Isaiah 53:7, of the lamb being led to the slaughter house, unable to counter or even to understand the situation. For Christians this has a special poignancy, for it may well be the meaning intended by John the Baptist at the beginning of Jesus’s ministry, “Behold the lamb of God” (Jn 1:29), and at the end in the temporal coincidence of Jesus’s death and that of the lambs being prepared for the Passover (Jn 18:31-36). What in Jeremiah was an image of speech becomes a reality in Jesus.
  The Gospel reading of the day is Jn 7:40-52.
  Is there anyone housebound nearby who would enjoy a companion?
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)Apocalypse 3:19-20 ©
I am the one who reproves and disciplines all those he loves: so repent in real earnest. Look, I am standing at the door, knocking. If one of you hears me calling and opens the door, I will come in to share his meal, side by side with him.

Noon reading (Sext)Isaiah 44:21-22 ©
Remember these things, Jacob, and that you are my servant, Israel. I have formed you, you are my servant; Israel, I will not forget you. I have dispelled your faults like a cloud, your sins like a mist. Come back to me, for I have redeemed you.

Afternoon reading (None)Galatians 6:7-8 ©
What a man sows, he reaps. If he sows in the field of self-indulgence he will get a harvest of corruption out of it; if he sows in the field of the Spirit he will get from it a harvest of eternal life.
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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