Thursday 21 March 2019    (other days)
Thursday of the 2nd 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: 2. Liturgical Colour: Violet.

Other saints: Saint Enda (- 530)
He founded a monastery on the pagan island of Aran Mor in Galway Bay, which remained a centre for sanctity and learning for the next 300 years. See the article in the Catholic Encyclopaedia.

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

Second Reading: St Hilary of Poitiers (- 367)
Hilary was born at the beginning of the fourth century. He was elected Bishop of Poitiers in 350. He fought strongly against Arianism and was exiled by the Emperor Constantius. His works are full of wisdom and learning, directed to the strengthening of the Catholic faith and the right interpretation of Scripture. He died in 367. He was declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius IX in 1851.

40 Days and 40 Ways: Thursday, 2nd week of Lent
The Lord says this:
“A curse on the man who puts his trust in man,
who relies on things of flesh,
whose heart turns from the Lord.
A blessing on the man who puts his trust in the Lord
with the Lord for his hope.” (Jr 17:5, 7)
Jr 17:5-10
  Today’s reading has two halves. The first half is a contrast between two images, the scrub in the wasteland, where there is no such thing as good growing weather or gentle irrigation, and the well-rooted tree growing steadily beside a stream. The word translated as “scrub” really means a plant stripped bare in the desert. This is a comparison which is obvious in a land where a few kilometres can make a dramatic change of climate, and a few drops of water make all the difference between sterility and fruitfulness of the plants. These images are obviously preparing for the Gospel reading about the rich man and Lazarus.
  The second half of the reading introduces a new and more sophisticated idea, also related to the Gospel reading: things are not always what they seem. The partridge devotedly sitting on another bird’s eggs (as a cuckoo is reputed to do) evokes the surprise of the bird when the eggs hatch into a different species of nestling. You may think your ill-gotten gains are as secure as the eggs beneath you, but they will turn out to be different and quite profitless to you – as useless as Lazarus’s wealth after his death.
  The Gospel reading for the day is Lk 16:19-31.
  Do a special kindness to someone you have hurt recently.
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.

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)Isaiah 55:6-7 ©
Seek the Lord while he is still to be found, call to him while he is still near. Let the wicked man abandon his way, the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn back to the Lord who will take pity on him, to our God who is rich in forgiving.

Noon reading (Sext)Deuteronomy 30:2-3 ©
If you return to the Lord your God, if you obey his voice with all your heart and soul in everything I enjoin on you today, you and your children, then the Lord your God will bring back your captives and will have pity on you.

Afternoon reading (None)Hebrews 10:35-36 ©
Continue to have confidence, since the reward is so great. You will need endurance to do God’s will and gain what he has promised.
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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