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Daily Bites| Fifth Sunday of Lent. Year C

Daily Bites| Fifth Sunday of Lent. Year C

Morning Prayer

Powerful Father, thank you that you are my rock and redeemer. You are the God of reconciliation. When I am in a situation and I can not see a solution, remind me that nothing is beyond your reconciling power.
 
May I know your affection and find encouragement that you will never let me go. At the cross, Jesus won the ultimate victory over Satan, sin and death.
May I live in the freedom that has been won through that victory. When I face setbacks, I ask that you would turn failure into triumph and pain into praise. Amen.
 

Readings Of The Day; 3rd April, 2022

1st Reading; Isaiah 43:16-21
Responsorial; Psalms 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6
2nd Reading; Philippians 3:8-14
Verse Before the Gospel; Joel 2:12-13
Gospel; John 8:1-11

1st Reading; Isaiah 43:16-21
See, I am doing a new deed, and I will give my chosen people drink

Thus says the LORD,
            who opens a way in the sea and a path in the mighty waters, who leads out chariots and horsemen, a powerful army, till they lie prostrate together, never to rise, snuffed out and quenched like a wick.
Remember not the events of the past, the things of long ago consider not;
see, I am doing something new! Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
In the desert I make a way, in the wasteland, rivers.
Wild beasts honor me, jackals and ostriches, for I put water in the desert and rivers in the wasteland for my chosen people to drink, the people whom I formed for myself, that they might announce my praise.

Responsorial; Psalms 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6

R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
When the LORD brought back the captives of Zion,
we were like men dreaming.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with rejoicing.
R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
Then they said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.”
The LORD has done great things for us; we are glad indeed.
R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
Restore our fortunes, O LORD, like the torrents in the southern desert.
Those that sow in tears shall reap rejoicing.
R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
Although they go forth weeping, carrying the seed to be sown,
They shall come back rejoicing, carrying their sheaves.
R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.

2nd Reading; Philippians 3:8-14
I look on everything as so much rubbish if only I can have Christ

Brothers and sisters:
I consider everything as a loss because of the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have accepted the loss of all things and I consider them so much rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him,
not having any righteousness of my own based on the law but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God, depending on faith to know him and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by being conformed to his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

It is not that I have already taken hold of it or have already attained perfect maturity, but I continue my pursuit in hope that I may possess it, since I have indeed been taken possession of by Christ Jesus.
Brothers and sisters, I for my part do not consider myself to have taken possession. Just one thing: forgetting what lies behind but straining forward to what lies ahead, I continue my pursuit toward the goal, the prize of God’s upward calling, in Christ Jesus.

Verse Before the Gospel: Joel 2:12-13

Even now, says the Lord, return to me with your whole heart; for I am gracious and merciful.

Gospel: John 8:1-11
'Let the one among you who has not sinned be the first to throw a stone'

Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. But early in the morning he arrived again in the temple area, and all the people started coming to him, and he sat down and taught them.
Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery and made her stand in the middle.
They said to him,
“Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery.
Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women.
So what do you say?” They said this to test him, so that they could have some charge to bring against him.
Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger. But when they continued asking him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he bent down and wrote on the ground.
And in response, they went away one by one, beginning with the elders. So he was left alone with the woman before him. Then Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
She replied, “No one, sir.” Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you.
Go, and from now on do not sin any more.”

Today’s Saint | Saint Benedict the African

Benedict held important posts in the Franciscan Order and gracefully adjusted to other work when his terms of office were up.

His parents were slaves brought from Africa to Messina, Sicily. Freed at 18, Benedict did farm work for a wage and soon saved enough to buy a pair of oxen. He was very proud of those animals. In time, he joined a group of hermits around Palermo and was eventually recognized as their leader. Because these hermits followed the Rule of Saint Francis, Pope Pius IV ordered them to join the First Order. Read More

Evening Prayer

O Lord my God, my eternal Father, thank you that you are my ever-present help in times of trouble.
 
Help me to trust in what is unseen. Remind me of the truth of your power, that you surround me and you are fighting for me.
Give me favor and breakthrough in my life. You are the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God. To you be honor and glory forever and ever. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen

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