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Father Michael Gaitley, MIC, delivers the homily on Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent, 2014, at the Marian Helpers Center, Eden Hill, Stockbridge, Mass.



Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent
Lectionary: 239

First reading
Dt 4:1, 5-9


Moses spoke to the people and said:
"Now, Israel, hear the statutes and decrees
which I am teaching you to observe,
that you may live, and may enter in and take possession of the land
which the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you.
Therefore, I teach you the statutes and decrees
as the LORD, my God, has commanded me,
that you may observe them in the land you are entering to occupy.
Observe them carefully,
for thus will you give evidence
of your wisdom and intelligence to the nations,
who will hear of all these statutes and say,
'This great nation is truly a wise and intelligent people.'
For what great nation is there
that has gods so close to it as the LORD, our God, is to us
whenever we call upon him?
Or what great nation has statutes and decrees
that are as just as this whole law
which I am setting before you today?

"However, take care and be earnestly on your guard
not to forget the things which your own eyes have seen,
nor let them slip from your memory as long as you live,
but teach them to your children and to your children's children."

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 147:12-13, 15-16, 19-20


R. (12a) Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.
Glorify the LORD, O Jerusalem;
praise your God, O Zion.
For he has strengthened the bars of your gates;
he has blessed your children within you.
R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.
He sends forth his command to the earth;
swiftly runs his word!
He spreads snow like wool;
frost he strews like ashes.
R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.
He has proclaimed his word to Jacob,
his statutes and his ordinances to Israel.
He has not done thus for any other nation;
his ordinances he has not made known to them.
R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.

Gospel
Mt 5:17-19


Jesus said to his disciples:
"Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets.
I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.
Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away,
not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter
will pass from the law,
until all things have taken place.
Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments
and teaches others to do so
will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven.
But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments
will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven."

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Judy K. - Mar 26, 2014

I am amazed because I had a similar reflection on yesterday's feast. For quite some time now, when I enter church for the celebration of the Eucharist, I place myself on the altar, praying that as the bread and wine placed there will be transformed into the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of the Lord Jesus, so may I be transformed into His living presence in the world today. I am thrilled that Fr. Michael is of the same mind, or rather that I am of the same mind as he. I feel affirmed in my prayer for such a transformation. Thank You, Lord, for using Fr. Michael to confirm my desire for this transformation.