Thursday 11 April 2019    (other days)
Thursday of the 5th week of Lent 
 (optional commemoration of Saint Stanislaus, Bishop, Martyr)

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.

St Stanisław (1036 - 1079)
He was born in Szczepanów in Poland in about 1036. He studied at Liège, was ordained, and in 1072 became bishop of Kraków. He ruled the church as a good shepherd, gave help to the poor, and performed annual visitations to supervise the clergy. He reproached King Bolesław II for his crimes and vices and at length excommunicated him. Bolesław sought him out, and murdered him as he was celebrating Mass on 8 May 1079.
  See the articles in the Catholic Encyclopaedia and Wikipedia.

40 Days and 40 Ways: Thursday, 5th week of Lent
“You shall no longer be called Abram; your name shall be Abraham, for I make you father of a multitude of nations.” (Gn 17:5)
  Gn 17:3-9
  This is the third account of God’s promise to Abraham. The first, in Genesis 12:1-3, concentrates on the call to Abram to leave his comfort zone and go out in faith. The second, in Genesis 15:1-21 describes a mysterious ritual of sacrifice. This third account centres on circumcision as the sign of the covenant. As Paul makes clear in the Letter to the Romans, circumcision does not earn inclusion in the covenant; it simply marks out those who are included. It was, of course, originally a preparation for marriage, but among the Hebrews it took on this special significance, linked to the continuance of the covenant from generation to generation, and its spread to other nations.
  This third account is significant for two other reasons. First, the change of the name from “Abram” to “Abraham”. The change is probably no more than from one dialect to another, but the imposition of a name is an act of ownership, making Abraham God’s own possession: furthermore, a father imposes a name. Secondly, Abraham is himself to be father of many nations. In the first blessing in Genesis 12 his name is to be used as a blessing, but now this is clarified. It is a remarkable piece of theology that from the very first the covenant of salvation is not merely with the Hebrews but with a multitude of nations, who will receive their blessing through Abraham.
  The Gospel reading of the day is Jn 8:51-59.
  Next Thursday is Maundy Thursday. Prepare by reading the account of the Last Supper (Mt 26:17-35) and praying about it.
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)Hebrews 4:14-15 ©
Since in Jesus, the Son of God, we have the supreme high priest who has gone through to the highest heaven, we must never let go of the faith that we have professed. For it is not as if we had a high priest who was incapable of feeling our weaknesses with us; but we have one who has been tempted in every way that we are, though he is without sin.

Noon reading (Sext)Hebrews 7:26-27 ©
The ideal high priest would have to be holy, innocent and uncontaminated, beyond the influence of sinners, and raised up above the heavens; one who would not need to offer sacrifices every day, as the other high priests do for their own sins and then for those of the people, because Jesus Christ our Lord has done this once and for all by offering himself.

Afternoon reading (None)Hebrews 9:11-12 ©
Now Christ has come, as the high priest of all the blessings which were to come. He has passed through the greater, the more perfect tent, which is better than the one made by men’s hands because it is not of this created order; and he has entered the sanctuary once and for all, taking with him not the blood of goats and bull calves, but his own blood, having won an eternal redemption for us.
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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