Tuesday 18th March- Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent
Reflection: Isaiah 1:10, 16-20
A CALL TO REPENTANCE
One of the gifts of new life given to us is the gift of reconciliation. God calls us to Himself always out of love to reconcile us with Him.
He says today as He said to the people of Sodom and Gomorrah, “come now, let us reason together, if your sins are as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow, though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.”
God says today that you should forsake the life of hypocrisy and obey His will, if you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken. Dear friend, no matter how far you may have strayed, our loving Father is ever ready to welcome you home. Simply call out to Him.
PRAYER: Merciful father, have mercy on me and draw me nearer to you. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 367 – To whom does the Fourth Commandment refer, and what does it require of us?
The Fourth Commandment refers in the first place to one’s physical parents, but also to the people to whom we owe our life, our well-being, our security, and our faith.
What we owe in the first place to our parents—namely love, gratitude, and respect—should also govern our relations to people who guide us and are there for us. There are many people who represent for us a God-given, natural, and good authority: foster or step-parents, older relatives and ancestors, educators, teachers, employers, superiors. In the spirit of the Fourth Commandment we should do them justice. In the broadest sense, this commandment applies even to our duties as citizens to the State.
HIDE A TREASURE: “If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good of the land” Isaiah 1:19 RSV-CE
Readings for today: Isaiah 1:10, 16-20; Psalm 50:8-9, 16bc-17, 21 &23; Matthew 23: 1-12