6 Mar
4th Week of Lent
Ex. 32:7-14
Ps. 105:19-20,21-22,23
(Ps Wk IV)
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Moses is up on Mount Sinai face to face in conversation with God. But God is not happy. Down below, in Moses' absence, God's people have turned away and have begun to worship a bull (contemptuously referred to as a 'calf') instead of their God. "Here is your god," they cried, "who brought you from the land of Egypt." While guaranteeing that Moses would head a great nation, God wanted to destroy these idolators. Moses, while not denying their sin, pleaded on their behalf. If they were destroyed, he said, it would look as if God had helped them escape from the slavery of Egypt only to face a more horrible death in the desert. He begged the Lord to remember the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and the promise made to them that their offspring would be as numerous as the stars in the sky or the grains of sand on the seashore. So God relents and gives them one more chance. Lent is a time for us to look back and see how often we have gone our own way. From the Gospel we know that God will always accept the repentant sinner but, like the Prodigal Son, we do have to turn back so that God can take us into his loving arms.

O Lord, remember me out of the love You have for Your people.

Eternal Father, I offer You everything I do this day; my thoughts, words, joys and sufferings. Grant that, vivified by the Holy Spirit and united to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, my life this day may be of service to You and to others. I also pray that all those preparing for marriage discover in Sacrament the source of Christ's grace for living a fithful and fruitful love. Amen.

That the importance of forgiveness and reconciliation between persons and people may be understood and that the Church through her testimony, may spread Christ's love, the source of new humanity.

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