First Week in Lent

Readings
First Scripture Reading
Deuteronomy 26: 16-19
Gospel Reading
Matthew 5: 43-48

Opening Prayer

Perfect God, Your perfection is in Your endless compassion and life-giving love. Continue to make us like You. You have chosen each and all of us as Your special possession. We are peculiarly Yours. It is comforting and challenging. You choose us for great and transforming things. You make us sacred so that we can share Your message of the sacred dignity of each and all of Your children, whether we like them or not. Lift the rationalizations we create in our imperfect hearts to exclude and diminish people from the rain of Your justice and the sunshine of Your love. You alone are the judge. Your compassion, mercy and tender love are Your justice and perfection – and our measure!!!

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