This week, the first week of Lent, Jesus begins his journey to Jerusalem from the Mount of the Beatitudes to the Mount of Calvary. In Matthew’s Gospel he teaches his disciples to pray ( Tuesday and Thursday, 1st week) and to love their neighbor, the “least”, who are easily overlooked, and even their enemies. (Friday and Saturday, 1st week) He is a teacher and friend to listen to, a companion on the journey of life.
The Gospel of Matthew is the most frequently read of the four gospels in the first three weeks of Lent, beginning with Ash Wednesday. From earliest times it was read as the most important gospel for preparing catechumens for baptism and for renewing belief in those already baptized.
Luke’s Gospel (Wednesday), along with the reading from Jonah, focuses on the end of Jesus’ journey, the mystery of his death and resurrection, which must be preached to all the world.
Monday the Feast of the Chair of Peter is celebrated.
For the readings and notes on the readings, see www.usccb.org
FEBRUARY 22 Mon Chair of St.Peter 1 Pet 5:1-4/Mt 16:13-19
23 Tue Lenten Weekday Is 55:10-11/Mt 6:7-15
24 Wed Lenten Weekday Jon 3:1-10/Lk 11:29-32
25 Thu Lenten Weekday. Est C:12, 14-16, 23-25/Mt 7:7-12
26 Fri Lenten Weekday Ez 18:21-28/Mt 5:20-26
27 Sat Lenten Weekday Dt 26:16-19/Mt 5:43-48
28 SUN SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT
Gn 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18/Rom 8:31b-34/Mk 9:2-10