Used with permission of Creighton University Online Ministries
“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.”
Pour your grace into our hearts, we pray, O Lord, that we may be constantly drawn away from unruly desires and obey by your own gift the heavenly teaching you give us. 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.
Hosea 14:2-10; Psalm 81:6-8, 8-9, 10-11, 14, 17; Mark 12:28-34
Fill our hearts with your love.
Our lesson today reminds us again of God’s love and Jesus’ desire that we love one another as we are loved. On this journey, we are learning why this is a challenge for us. We are experiencing our human weaknesses and practicing ways to be freer, to open our hearts more fully to God’s love and to give ourselves in fidelity, every day.
You ask us to express our thanks by self-denial. We are to master our sinfulness and conquer our pride. We are to show to those in need your goodness to ourselves.- Preface for Lent III
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 ourselves today, – and not deny those in need.
May we receive 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.
God of Mercy, I feel my heart overflowing with your tenderness. I sense your loving touch deep within my soul. I ask for your help in my weakness that I might be faithful to your word and I am so grateful that your mercy for my failings is as strong as your unbounded love for me.
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.