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Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent

By Fr Luc Senou, OCD

Dn 3:25.34-43
Ps 24 (25)
Mt 18:21-35)

On the march to Easter, the Gospel now places us at a thorny but salutary stage for our relationship with ourselves, with others and with God. How many times do I have to forgive?
Peter, as a good Jew, finds the right calculation: seven times. For him, this is the perfect number of times to forgive. Peter’s question is ours as well: can we really forgive in a perfect way?

Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

By Paul Nikiema, Piariste

Is 7:10-14 ; 8, 10
Ps 39 (40):7-8a, 8b-9, 10,11
He 10:4-10
Lk 1:26-38

The Word became flesh, and he established his abode among us. That is the central message of today’s readings. In this solemnity, in the second week of the Lenten time, the Church proposes to us to meditate on the mystery of the Incarnation. By this mystery, God is made one of us by taking the human condition, becoming man like us except sin.

Third Sunday of Lent

Fr Jean Messingué SJ

Ex 3:1-8a.10.13-15
Ps 102 (103): 1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8.11
1 Co 10:1-6.10-12
Lc 13:1-9

Why am I still on this earth and for what purpose? This is the question to which the texts of this third Sunday of Lent invite us to answer personally. In the Gospel, Jesus makes us understand that only God’s gratuitous love justifies the fact that we are not dead. The fact that we are still on this earth is not a merit on our part, but a gesture of love from our God.

Friday of the Second Week of Lent

By Noudjitoloum Théodore SJ

Gn 37:3-4.12-13a.17b-28
Ps 104 (105): 4a.5a.6, 16-17, 18-19, 20-21
Mt 21:33-43.45-46

The readings of today invite us to get rid of jealousy or lust, in order to enter into a dynamic of accommodating and loving of others. The first reading points out that Jacob’s preferential love for his son, Joseph, arouses jealousy and the murderous conspiracy of his other sons. Hence, this lust blinds their hearts and annihilates their ability to truly love (Gn 37: 4).

Thursday of the Second Week of Lent

Fr Loïc Mben, SJ

Jr 17:5-10
Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4.6
LK 16:19-31

The text of the rich man and Lazarus is a very familiar setting for us in our cities where opulence and misery mingle. In such an environment poverty and the poor are part of the furniture and their presence ends up not arousing in us any reaction. One can become insensitive as the rich of the parable whose dogs show much more compassion. And yet it only takes a few efforts.

Wednesday: Second Week of Lent

Edilbert A. Ranoarivony, SJ

Jr 18:18-20
30 (31), 5-6, 14, 15-16)
Mt 20:17-28

Dear Brothers and sisters,

“You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and the great ones make their authority over them felt. But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave.”

Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Yakanni Jean Fabrice, Sch. P

2 S 7:4-5a.12-14a.16
Ps 88:2-3, 4-5, 27.29
Rm 4:13.16-18.22
Mt 1:16.18-21.24a

On this day when we celebrate Saint Joseph the husband of Mary, the Holy Church invites us to open a parenthesis in this time Lent to celebrate the bridegroom of Mary. Thus, the text of the Saint Matthew helps us to discover the person and the great role played by Saint Joseph. Indeed, no gospel mentions neither the deeds, nor the words, nor the death of the adoptive father of Christ.

Monday of the Second Week in Lent

Guy GANGNON, Sch. P

Dn 9:4-10
Ps 78 (79): 5a.8, 9, 11.13ab
Lk 6:36–38

“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” (Lk 6:36). That is the imperative we have been addressed. My dear Christian friends, in our march towards Easter, we are on this day invited in a special way to imitate our Heavenly Father by being merciful. Jesus reveals the logic of the kingdom, which is that of the sons of a merciful father, who forgives, does not judge, does not condemn and gives without measure.

Second Sunday of Lent

Gn 15:5-12, 17-18

Ps 27:1, 7-8, 8-9, 13-14.
Phil 3:17—4:1 (or Phil 3:20—4:1)
Lk 9:28b-36

There are different stories of exactly how God’s pact with Abraham (or Abram) was made. There is no doubt that it was a promise of lasting protection for Abraham and his descendants. This version takes the form of an ancient sacral covenant, of a kind known from other ancient Near Eastern sources. The offerings are cut in half, and the parties making the pact pass between the halves, as a symbol that they will observe the pact faithfully until the two halves come together again.

Saturday of the First Week of Lent

Eyrah Foli, SJ

Deuteronomy 26:16-19
Psalms 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8
Matthew 5:43-48

Jesus is straightforward in his message to us today. He asks us to be perfect like God in all things and, for me, in the act of loving my “enemies.” As I reflect on the Gospel, I come to the realization that I have become a judge and quick to place a sentence on people because I feel that I am better than them. My ego makes it difficult for me to love everyone because I feel certain people do not merit to be love, either because of the preconceived notions I have of them or because of the way I have been treated by them.

Friday of the First Week of Lent

Charelus Sudzer, SJ

Ez 18: 21-28
Ps 129 (130): 1-2, 3-4, 5-6ab, 7bc-8
Mt 5: 20-26

The law, as an expression of divine justice, cannot be abolished. Jesus does not suppress the law that existed before His incarnation into the world. He rather accomplishes law by revealing its deepest meaning to His disciples. Henceforth, it is from his teaching that one must understand the laws and the Prophets: “You have heard that it was said to your ancestors.... But I say to you...”.