March 1st-7: 2nd week of Lent

MARCH 1 Mon Lenten Weekday.  Dn 9:4b-10/Lk 6:36-38 

2 Tue Lenten Weekday  Is 1:10, 16-20/Mt 23:1-12 

3 Wed Lenten Weekday [USA: Saint Katharine Drexel] Jer 18:18-20/Mt 20:17-28

4 Thu Lenten Weekday [Saint Casimir] Jer 17:5-10/Lk 16:19-31

5 Fri Lenten Weekday Gn 37:3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28a/Mt 21:33-43, 45-46

6 Sat Lenten Weekday Mi 7:14-15, 18-20/Lk 15:1-3, 11-32 

7 SUN THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT Ex 20:1-17 or 20:1-3, 7-8, 12-17/1 Cor 1:22-25/Jn 2:13-25 or, for Year A, Ex 17:3-7/Rom 5:1-2, 5-8/Jn 4:5-42 or 4:5-15, 19b-26, 39a, 40-42

Jesus proclaims the mercy of God and calls us to care for the poor in Luke’s Gospel, read Monday, Thursday and Saturday of this week, The story of the Prodigal Son, read on Saturday, is Luke’s great parable of God’s mercy. 

Matthew’s Gospel for Wednesday reminds us that temptations about power, so obvious in the story of Jesus’ temptations, also occur in his disciples, like James and John. Can we see it too in the elder brother from the Parable of the Prodigal Son?

Readings from cycle A can be substituted for the reading cycle of the year, especially when a community is preparing new members for Baptism. The gospel for the 3rd Sunday of Lent in cycle A is the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman, a key story for Lenten catechesis. Cycle A is also a good source for the catechesis of children.

Saint Katharine Drexel, remembered March 3rd, followed Jesus’ teaching in her care for the poor Native and Black people of the United States. She put her family wealth at their service.

Though they’re optional in Lent, as readings from scripture are emphasized, celebrations of the saints are important because they remind us that the gospel takes form in generations after the time of Jesus. Katherine Drexel is a witness to its place in 19th century America. St. Casimir is a witness to its spread to Poland and Lithuania in the 16th century.

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