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“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.”
O God, who grant us by glorious healing remedies while still on earth to be partakers of the things of heaven, guide us, we pray, through this present life and bring us to that light in which you dwell. 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.
Micah 7:14-15, 18-20; Psalm 103:1-4,9-12; Luke 15:1-3,11-32
We must celebrate and rejoice. The Saturdays of Lent have a wonderful spirit. Our lesson today takes us to the parable of the two sons: – one who is ungrateful and leaves, but returns, and – one who will not accept the forgiveness the father lavishes on the other.
The Lord is loving and merciful, slow to anger, and full of love; the Lord is kind to all, and compassionate to all his creatures.
May we keep our bodies pure, – as temples of the Holy Spirit.
May we offer ourselves this day to the service of others, – and do your will in all things throughout the day.
Teach us to seek the bread of everlasting life, – the bread that is your gift.
May your Mother, the refuge of sinners, pray for us, – and gain for us your loving forgiveness.
God of infinite love, you shower me with limitless gifts in my life. In my every thought and action today guide me to the bright and loving light of your kingdom. Help me to be aware of the many ways you allow me to share in your life so intimately today. Thank you for the gifts you have placed in my life. Let me be grateful every moment of this day.
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.
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