Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent

First Scripture Reading
Isaiah 1: 10, 16-20
Gospel Reading
Matthew 23: 1-12

Opening Prayer

Jesus, I love being righteous – sitting at the head of the table, all dressed up in the fabric of my piety, holiness and devotions. I love the power and prestige of being one of your chosen. Why do you always insist on humility! I’m well into a routine of Lenten sacrifice and yet you demand justice and generosity to those not included in the circle of power and privilege. Continue to empty your Spirit into me that I might empty myself in service of others, especially the fragile, frightened and forgotten. Can’t I just be religiously stuck in my ways and devotionally holy, without the red blood and frustrating sweat of working for justice? You don’t make it easy, do you!! Wash me clean, Lord Jesus – let your Spirit purify, humble and empower my heart!

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