Lenten Meditations: Sunday 21 February

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Feb 21

am: 63, 98 pm: 103  

Gen 9.8–17


1 Peter 3.18–22


Mark 1.9–15




LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY: You may notice that Lent lasts longer than forty days. The Sundays in Lent are not counted as part of the forty-day season. Perhaps one of the most notable aspects of this day is that the Rite of Election, is celebrated throughout the world on the First Sunday of Lent. It is in this Rite that catechumens, along with their godparents (Baptism), sponsors (Confirmation), and RCIA team members, gather in the in the as the catechumens publicly express their desire for Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist to the diocesan bishop and are so admitted.


MEDITATION OF THE DAY: In today’s readings, we hear again that God makes a covenant of salvation. But it is easy for us to lose sight of the fact that this Covenant is not with one person or one family but with an entire race and in fact all of creation—a covenant between God and the inhabitants of the earth. Before the sun burned bright the Lord knew us and knew that he would be our God and we his people. The profundity of that for the ages should not be missed. The Covenant is not with the Hebrew people only it is with us. Just as in the Gospel. His journey in the wilderness is not just his, it is ours as well.  Just as with the Covenant Promise, the Father’s words also apply to each one of us. By Covenant and by grace, we are his beloved daughters and sons.  The requirements are simple. It was true for Abraham, the Hebrew people and Jesus.  We leave behind our old identity and seek to be identified and claimed by God as his children, and with that we can certainly face the wilderness.


PRAYER OF THE DAY: Lord God, in this season of journey help me each day take the steps to leave my old self behind and seek repentance so that I can be made anew and journey as your own. Bring back to you  those who have lost their way as well that they may seek the  life your Son who won for us a victory by his death on the cross,  and he lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen


LENTEN DISCIPLINE Arrive for the Holy Eucharist early pondering the gift of receiving the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ in community with other Christians. During the prayers of the people, pray in a special way for those who are in need of resisting the temptation of this world and who have succumbed to the wiles of the evil one.


ANCIENT WISDOM/PRESENT GRACE : Let us therefore approach Him in holiness of soul, lifting up pure and undefiled hands unto Him, with love towards our gentle and compassionate Father who made us an elect portion unto Himself” – St. Clement of Rome


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