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Today’s Readings – Tuesday of Week 3 of Lent - First Reading

Commentary on Daniel 3:25,34-43

As described in the Vatican II Sunday Missal, today’s reading from Daniel is:

"...one of the most beautiful and sincere prayers in the Bible. Expressing the abandonment of 2nd century BC Judaism, this prayer pleads that the contrite heart and humble spirit of the people be accepted by God. This prayer is quoted in the offertory of every Mass."


The context of the passage is a famous scene from the Book of Daniel. King Nebuchadnezzar had set up a huge golden statue in Babylon. All the officials were then summoned together for its dedication. At the sound of many musical instruments, all were called to prostrate themselves in worship of the statue. Anyone who refused would immediately be thrown into a mighty furnace.

It was reported to the k … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Monday of Week 3 of Lent - First Reading

Commentary on 2 Kings 5:1-15

The central character in today’s First Reading is Naaman, an army commander from Syria under the king of Aram, probably Ben-Hadad II. He was held in high esteem by his king because of military victories, which the Bible attributes to t … Continue


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