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Today’s Readings – Monday of Week 2 of Lent - First Reading

Commentary on Daniel 9:4-10

The theme of the readings today is repentance; it is a prayer for God’s mercy and compassion. It is extraordinary that for over 1,000 years this prayer from the Book of Daniel has been read in today’s Lenten Mass. It is an excellent penance prayer - a national act of contrition describing God’s perfection and man’s imperfection. It is a prayer of sorrow and repentance for the many ways in which we have failed to listen to God and his messengers. It is a prayer which contains humility, worship, confession and petition:

...we have sinned and done wrong, acted wickedly and rebelled, [turned] aside from your commandments and ordinances. We have not listened to your servants the prophets...


Righteousness is o … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Sunday of Week 2 of Lent (Year B)

Commentary on Genesis 22:1-2,9-13,15-18; Romans 8:31-34; Mark 9:2-10

The strange experience of the Transfiguration described in the Gospel took place very soon after Jesus had been recognised by his disciples as the Messiah. This acknowledgment on their part was a wonderful breakthrough … Continue

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