Be compassionate. 

“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.”

Oh God, who have taught us
to chasten our bodies
for the healing of our souls,
enable us, we pray,
to abstain from all sins,
and strengthen our hearts
to carry out your loving commands.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. 

Today's Reading

Daily Meditation: 

Be compassionate. 

Be compassionate as your Father is compassionate. 
Today's lesson is about mercy - 
God's mercy for us first, and our mercy toward others. 

We renew our penance - 
all the ways we are trying 
to change the patterns of our life that need healing.

Lord, do not deal with us as our sins deserve. 
   Remember not against us the iniquities of the past; 
   may your compassion quickly come to us, 
   for we are brought very low. 

Lord, do not deal with us as our sins deserve. 
   Help us, O God our savior, 
   because of the glory of your name; 
   Deliver us and pardon our sins 
   for your name's sake. 

Lord, do not deal with us as our sins deserve. 
-- Psalm 79 



Blessed be God the Father for his gift of this sacrifice of praise.
In the spirit of this Lenten season, let us pray:
Instruct us, Lord, in the ways of your kingdom.

God of power and mercy, give us the spirit of prayer and repentance,
-with burning love for you and all mankind.

Help us to work with you in making all things new in Christ,
-and in spreading justice and peace throughout the world.

Teach us the meaning and value of creation,
-so that we may join its voice to ours as we sing your praise.

Forgive us for failing to see Christ in the poor, the distressed and the troublesome,
-and for our failure to reverence your Son in their persons.

Closing Prayer: 

your commandment of love is so simple 
and so challenging. 
Help me to let go of my pride, 
to be humble in my penance. 
I want only to live the way you ask me to love, 
to love the way you ask me to live. 
I ask this through your son, Jesus, 
who stands at my side 
today and always.

May the Lord bless us, 
protect us from all evil 
and bring us to everlasting life. 

Daily Reflection
Of Creighton University's Online Ministries

The Lenten season was so-named because the days become longer in part of the world at this time; spring arrives. The days from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday encompass a time in which the “ashes” of last year’s vegetation gradually are pushed aside by rain and new growth.  It symbolically is a great time to dwell on the fact that God allows us to rise from the ashes and destruction of sin, and to move closer to fulfilling our part of the covenant with Him. We begin our Lenten journey marked by ashes and “shamefaced”, as Daniel writes, because “we have sinned, been wicked, and done evil.” We are made aware that God loves us despite our disobedience and rebelliousness. We are only asked to love God and to keep His commandments.  During the course of the Lenten season, we need to dwell not only on our propensity to drift away from the love of God and His commandments, but also on his love and forgiveness, and our salvation through Him.  We pray with the Psalmist, “deliver us and pardon our sins for your name’s sake.”

The gospel today is given by Jesus in “a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing.” The message, indeed, is concise, condensed, and immensely rewarding. If we consider our interactions with others in our troubled world, we have to ask ourselves, are we still the disobedient and rebellious sinners that Daniel writes about in our first reading?  Are we following Jesus’ admonition to stop judging; to stop condemning; and to forgive others? It seems that too often we have not brought this message into our hearts. We need to pray that we become more welcoming to the oppressed and the needy. We need to open our hearts and arms to those who lately have been cast adrift to seek refuge; to have mercy; to forgive; and not to judge. “The measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.

by Tom Quinn
Creighton University's School of Medicine
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