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Friday 12 April 2019    (other days)
Friday of the 5th 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: 1. Liturgical Colour: Violet.

Other saints: St Zeno of Verona (d. 371)
Southern Africa
Zeno, a native of North Africa, was appointed bishop of Verona (Northern Italy) in 362. He ministered to his people for about nine years, distinguishing himself for his leadership skills and good pastoral approach. He was close to his people and cared for the poor. In his writings he described many liturgical practices of his Church especially during Holy Week. He preached much against Arianism and fostered the growth of missionary activity in his area. He died in 371. See the article in Wikipedia.

40 Days and 40 Ways: Friday, 5th week of Lent
The Lord is at my side, a mighty hero;
my opponents will stumble, mastered,
confounded by their failure;
everlasting, unforgettable disgrace will be theirs.
But you, O Lord Sabaoth, you who probe with justice,
who scrutinise the loins and heart,
let me see the vengeance you will take on them,
for I have committed my cause to you. (Jr 20:11-12)
Jr 20:10-13
  This is the last of several readings from Jeremiah during Lent as he bewails his heavy burden of repeatedly denouncing the defenders of the city who are only making matters worse by not trusting in the Lord. One cannot but sympathise with this gentle prophet who finds it so hard continually to denounce his fellow countrymen. He complains that the Lord had “seduced” him so that he cannot stop prophesying disaster. He had faced up to the chief of police, the priest Pashhur, distorting his name to “Pahor” (‘Terror’) and calling him “Terror-on-every- side”, and now Jeremiah’s opponents turn that name back on him, suggesting that he in turn may be “seduced” into error and pay the penalty. But at the same time as complaining, Jeremiah also proclaims his faith: the Lord is at his side, and his foes will stumble.
  In the same way and in the same city and sanctuary some centuries later Jesus proclaims his certainty that the Lord will prove him right against his detractors.
  The Gospel reading of the day is Jn 10:31-42.
  Action:
  Prepare for the Easter Service of Reconciliation by thinking its purpose through.
Henry Wansbrough

This passage is an extract from the booklet “40 Days and 40 Ways” by Henry Wansbrough, 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 53:2-3 ©
Like a sapling he grew up in front of us, like a root in arid ground. Without beauty, without majesty (we saw him), no looks to attract our eyes; a thing despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and familiar with suffering, a man to make people screen their faces; he was despised and we took no account of him.

Noon reading (Sext)Isaiah 53:4-5 ©
And yet ours were the sufferings he bore, ours the sorrows he carried. But we, we thought of him as someone punished, struck by God, and brought low. Yet he was pierced through for our faults, crushed for our sins. On him lies a punishment that brings us peace, and through his wounds we are healed.

Afternoon reading (None)Isaiah 53:6-7 ©
We had all gone astray like sheep, each taking his own way, and the Lord burdened him with the sins of all of us. Harshly dealt with, he bore it humbly, he never opened his mouth, like a lamb that is led to the slaughter-house, like a sheep that is dumb before its shearers never opening its mouth.

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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