Saturday of the Third Week of Lent
Luke 18: 9-14
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Reading 1 Hosea 6: 1-6
Come, let us return to the LORD, it is he who has rent, but he will heal
us; he has struck us, but he will
bind our wounds. He will revive us
after two days; on the third day he
will raise us up, to live in his
presence. Let us know, let us strive
to know the LORD; as certain as the
dawn is his coming, and his judgment
shines forth like the light of day! He will come to us like the rain, like spring rain that waters the earth.
What can I do with you,
Ephraim? What can I do with you, Judah? Your piety is like a morning cloud, like the
dew that early passes away. For this reason I smote them through the prophets, I slew them
by the words of my mouth; For it is love that I desire, not sacrifice, and knowledge of
God rather than burnt offerings.
Psalm 51: 3-4, 18-19, 20-21a
R. (see Hosea
6:6) It is mercy I desire, and
mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my
wash me from my guilt
and of my sin cleanse me.
R. It is
mercy I desire, and not sacrifice.
For you are not pleased with sacrifices;
should I offer a burnt offering, you
would not accept it.
My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit;
a heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not
R. It is mercy I desire, and
Be bountiful, O LORD, to Zion in your kindness
by rebuilding the walls of
shall you be pleased with due sacrifices,
burnt offerings and holocausts.
R. It is mercy I desire, and not sacrifice.
Gospel Lk 18:
Jesus addressed this parable
to those who were convinced of their own
and despised everyone else.
"Two people went up to the temple area to
one was a
Pharisee and the other was a tax collector.
The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to
God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity —
dishonest, adulterous — or even like this tax
fast twice a week,
pay tithes on my whole income.But the tax collector stood off at a
would not even raise his eyes to heaven
but beat his breast and
O God, be
merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the
who exalts himself will be humbled,
and the one who humbles himself will be
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