Third Week of Lent

Readings
First Scripture Reading
Hosea 6: 1-6
Gospel Reading
Luke 18: 9-14

Opening Prayer

Merciful One, thank you for understanding our weakness, frailty and sin. As we confront our infidelity, half-heartedness and superficial conversion, You are our hope. You must smile at us and our feeble attempts. Continue to dawn in the darkness we create and embrace. Rain upon us and soften the hardness of our hearts. Our self- righteousness creates illusions that we are taller and better than others. Let us have contempt only for the sinfulness which shrinks our hearts, diminishes others and superficially loves You. Give us humility, born of Your mercy, so that we can look up at all Your children and see Your Face dawning within them.

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