February 19, 2023

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19 FEBRUARY 2023

Ordinary Form

Leviticus 19,1-2.17-18
Psalm 103,1-2.3-
1Corinthians 3,16-23
Matthew 5,38-48

Extraordinary Form

1Corinthians 13,1-13
Psalm 76,15.16
Psalm 99,1.2
Luke 18,31-43

Enter Lent. Expounding on Daniel, the Word of God holds that:

“I, Daniel, perceived in the books the number of years which, according to the word of the Lord to Jeremiah the prophet, must pass before the end of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely, seventy years. Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him by prayer and sup-plications with fasting and sackcloth and ashes. I prayed to the Lord my God and made confession, say-ing, “O Lord, the great and terrible God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, we have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from thy commandments and ordinances; we have not listened to thy servants the prophets, who spoke in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land” (Daniel, 9,2b-6).

In that context the Church bears the burden of completing “what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church” (Colossians, 1,24). Put anoth-er way, “In the sanctorum communio, ‘None of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself’ (Rom 14,7). ‘If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it' (1Corinthians 12,26-27). ‘Charity does not insist on its own way’ (Ibid. 13,5; cf. 10,24). In this solidarity with all men, living or dead, which is founded on the communion of saints, the least of our acts done in charity redounds to the profit of all. Every sin harms this communion” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 953).

In the course of their prayers of expiation, the members of the Church expressly repudiate their own sins which cause the death of Christ and wound the other members of the Body of Christ, begging the Almighty and each other for forgiveness, while at the same time beseeching the Lord to forgive all, as though each one bore his brothers’ sins as his own. In sum, our cry is: “Lord, have mercy on us!”

Rev. Christopher J. Pollard

p.s. Remember to pray for our brother and sisters who are preparing for their Pentecost. Come, Holy Spirit!