Monday 26 February 2018    (other days)
Monday 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: B(II). Psalm week: 2. Liturgical Colour: Violet.

Other saints: St Alexander of Alexandria (250 - 328)
Southern Africa
Alexander played an important role in the growth of the catechetical school at Alexandria. When he was made bishop, he continued in his efforts to educate the faithful in the faith. He encountered serious challenges especially from Arius, a priest who was teaching that Jesus was only human and not divine. Alexander called bishops together to deal with Arius, who remained incorrigible in his position even after being excommunicated. Alexander died in 328, at the age of seventy-eight.

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

Second Reading: St John Chrysostom (349 - 407)
John was born in Antioch. After a thorough education, he took up the ascetic life. He was ordained to the priesthood, and became a fruitful and effective preacher.
  He was elected Patriarch of Constantinople in 397, and was energetic in reforming the ways of the clergy and the laity alike. He incurred the displeasure of the Emperor and was twice forced into exile. When the second exile, to Armenia, had lasted three years, it was decided that he should be sent still further away, but he died on the journey, worn out by his hardships.
  His sermons and writings did much to explain the Catholic faith and to encourage the living of the Christian life: his eloquence earned him the surname “Chrystostom” (the Greek for “golden mouth”).

40 Days and 40 Ways: Monday, 2nd week of Lent
Do not judge, and you will not be judged yourselves; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned yourselves; grant pardon, and you will be pardoned. (Lk 6:37)
  Dn 9:4b-10
  The first reading is the early part of a long and fine prayer of the prophet Daniel. It is marked by the consciousness of sin and failure which is a characteristic of the spirituality after the Babylonian Exile. The Jews were acutely and miserably aware that they had failed and drawn upon themselves the punishment of the Exile. They had lost everything they valued, their city (God’s own capital and dwelling place on earth) and their king (God’s representative on earth). They had broken the covenant so often and so thoroughly that their beloved Lord had no option but to send them into exile amid strange people, strange gods and strange religious customs. In so doing God had allowed his own precious name to be despised by the surrounding peoples, as though he was a god who could not even protect his own people, whom he had sworn to protect and cherish.
  In fact, of course, the Exile was far from being disastrous, though the learning was painful. It also brought renewal and a fresh start, a fresh hope. The contact with other gods enabled them to understand that their Lord was not simply the God of Israel but was God of the whole world, beside whom no other god had any currency. They learnt that they were not invulnerable and imperishable simply by being God’s own people, but that they must respond as the Servant of God. Ezekiel expresses this in God’s name, “I shall give you a new heart, and put a new spirit in you. I shall remove the heart of stone from your bodies and give you a heart of flesh instead” (36:26). They began to hope much more vividly for a time when God would transform the world by taking away all sin, suffering and sorrow, when God would be recognised by all people as the Lord and Saviour, when God himself would be truly present among his people in a new way, and all nations would share in that happiness.
  The Gospel reading for the day is Lk 6:36-38.
  Show appreciation to a shopkeeper/ delivery person/ public servant.
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)Wisdom 11:23-24 ©
Lord, you are merciful to all, because you can do all things and overlook men’s sins so that they can repent. Yes, you love all that exists, you hold in abhorrence nothing of what you have made.

Noon reading (Sext)Ezekiel 18:23 ©
Am I likely to take pleasure in the death of a wicked man – it is the Lord who speaks – and not prefer to see him renounce his wickedness and live?

Afternoon reading (None)Isaiah 58:6,7 ©
Is not this the sort of fast that pleases me – it is the Lord who speaks – to share your bread with the hungry, and shelter the homeless poor, to clothe the man you see to be naked and not turn from your own kin?
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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