Friday of the First Week of Lent

Today's Mass Readings


Today in our readings we hear the great mercy that the Lord has those who turn away from the sins that they commit and come back among the flock. But we also hear the warning of those who turn away from God and decide to do their own will and fall away. As the Lord says in the first reading today, “None of his virtuous deeds shall be remembered because he has broken faith and committed sin; because of this, he shall die.” It is almost like the Creator, the Lord, doesn’t even know who you are anymore. How sad this is, it brings along disunity, not just with others but within yourself! As Christ says in St. Matthew’s Gospel “Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste, and no town or house divided against itself will stand. And if Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself; how, then, will his kingdom stand?”

This is my reminder to you, go to confession, hear the healing words of the Lord. As St. Isidore of Seville has said, “Confession heals, confession justifies, confession grants pardon of sin, all hope consists in confession; in confession, there is a chance for mercy.”

Reflection by Br. Maximilian Burkhart, OSB

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