February 23, 2020

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23 February 2020
7th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Ordinary Form
Leviticus 19,1-2.17-18
1Cor 3,16-23
Matthew 5,38-48

Quinquagesima Sunday
Extraordinary Form
1Cor 13,1-13
Luke 18,31-43

26 February 2020
Ash Wednesday
Ordinary Form
Joel 2,12-18
Matthew 6,1-6.16-18

Extraordinary Form
Joel 2,12-19
Matthew 6,5-13

Temptation on the Mount

Temptation on the Mount
(Duccio di Buoninsegna, 1255–1319)

The word “Lent” comes from the Old English “lencten,” meaning “springtime”. The seasons lasts from Ash Wednesday to the Vespers of Holy Saturday -- forty days, never minindg the six Sundays which don't count as "Lent" liturgically. The Latin name for Lent, “Quadragesima”, means forty and refers to the forty days Christ spent in the desert which is the origin of the Season. The last two weeks of Lent were traditionally known as “Passiontide,” consisting of Passion Week and Holy Week. The last three days of Holy Week -- Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday we still call the "Sacred Triduum."

Lent is a particularly good time to make amends and rebuild broken relationships. Pray for the ability to truly forgive the repentant who've wronged us, and consider those whom we have wronged and whose forgiveness we should seek.

Lord, make our hearts contrite and humble. Give us fortitude to make right what we have done wrong. Have mercy on us, Lord!

Fr. Christopher J. Pollard
p.s. Alligator counts as fish.

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Heb 13,8)