Used with permission of Creighton University Online Ministries
“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.”
Grant that your faithful, O Lord, we pray, may be so conformed to the paschal observance, that the bodily discipline now solemnly begun may bear fruit in the souls of all. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Ezekiel 18:21-28; Psalm 130:1-8; Matthew 5:20-26
Renew us and prepare us. Our lesson today is anout reconcilliation. Our Lord forgives us all our sins – nothing can seperate us from the love of God for us in Jesus And we are called to forgive others with the same compassion, mercy, patience, and love given to us. Our Lenten practices help us to experience the renewing love of God, and they prepare us for our journey to Easter” to celebrate the mystery of our death to self and rebirth in the new life Jesus won for us.
I do not wish the sinner to die, says the Lord, but to turn to me and live. – Ezekiel 33
Teacher and savior, you have shown us your fidelity and made us a new creation by your passion, -keep us from falling again into sin
Help us to deny oursleves today, -and not deny those in need
May we recieve this day of penance as your gift, -and give it back to you through works of mercy
Master our rebellious hearts, -and teach us generosity
Creator of my life, renew me:bring me to new life in you. Touch me and make me fel whole again. Help me to see your love in the passion, death and resurrection of your son. Help me to observe Lent in a way that allows me to celebrate that love. Prepare me for these weeks of Lent as I feel both deep sorrows for my sins and your undying love for me.
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.
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