Friday of the Twenty-third week in Ordinary Time

Saint Luke 6:39-42
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First Letter to Timothy 1:1-2.12-14.

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our savior and of Christ Jesus our hope,
to Timothy, my true child in faith: grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
I am grateful to him who has strengthened me, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he considered me trustworthy in appointing me to the ministry.
I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and an arrogant man, but I have been mercifully treated because I acted out of ignorance in my unbelief.
Indeed, the grace of our Lord has been abundant, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

Psalms 16(15):1-2a.5.7-8.11.

A miktam of David. Keep me safe, O God; in you I take refuge
I say to the Lord, you are my Lord, you are my only good.
LORD, my allotted portion and my cup, you have made my destiny secure.
I bless the LORD who counsels me; even at night my heart exhorts me.

I keep the LORD always before me; with the Lord at my right, I shall never be shaken.
You will show me the path to life, abounding joy in your presence, the delights at your right hand forever.

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 6:39-42.

Jesus told his disciples a parable : "Can a blind person guide a blind person? Will not both fall into a pit?
No disciple is superior to the teacher; but when fully trained, every disciple will be like his teacher.
Why do you notice the splinter in your brother's eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own?
How can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me remove that splinter in your eye,' when you do not even notice the wooden beam in your own eye? You hypocrite! Remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter in your brother's eye.

Commentary of the day
Spanish Mozarabic liturgy
Eucharistic Preface for the 2nd Sunday of Lent ; PL 85, 322

"Can a blind person guide a blind person?"

It is right and good to give you thanks, O Lord, Father most holy, everlasting and all-powerful God, through Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord... He came into this world for judgement that the blind may see and those who see be made blind (Jn 9,38). Those who acknowledge that they dwell in the shadow of error have received the eternal light, who has delivered them from the darkness of their sins. The mighty, who claim to possess the light of justice within themselves, have rightly been cast down into their own darkness. Inflated by pride and convinced of their righteousness, they do not seek for a doctor who can heal them. For they might have gained access to the Father through Jesus, who has called himself the door (Jn 10,7), but since they have arrogantly presumed on their merits they sit in their own blindness.

Therefore, most holy Father, we humbly approach you to expose our wounds before your altar, not presuming on our merits. We acknowledge the darkness of our error and uncover the secret places of our conscience. May we find in you, we pray, healing for our wounds, eternal light in the midst of darkness, the purity of innocence within our conscience. With all that is in us we desire to see your face..., to behold your heaven...

Come to us, then, Lord Jesus, who pray in your holy Temple, and heal us this day, you who set aside the Sabbath to work your wonders... You, who made us out of nothing, prepare ointment and apply it to the eyes of our hearts. Hear our prayer and take away the blindness of our sins that we may see the glory of your face in the peace of eternal blessedness.


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