Saturday of the Third Week of Lent
Malvern Minute


Saturday of the Third Week of Lent

March 21, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Book of the Prophet Hosea 6:1-6

Psalm 51

Luke 18:9-14


Today’s readings talk about asking for forgiveness, mercy and redemption.  In the great Psalm of forgiveness, David begs for forgiveness.  Hosea discusses incredible generosity and grace for forgiveness.  Luke’s Gospel refers to sin and cleansing.  Our theme today is repentance, knowledge and grace.

What a tremendous feeling it is to know forgiveness and release.  Who among us has not breathed an enormous sigh of relief when a problem, perhaps of our own creation, has gone away, or has been solved and our hearts and minds have been lifted.  We feel new, cleaner, better and free.

According to Hosea and David, it is love and mercy that is required, not sacrifices and certainly not “show.”  Contrition seems therefore to be more than a realization which is certainly necessary but, going a bit further, a true desire and a plan.  What is needed is a plan to reform and a plan to change.   

As one of the smartest people I’ve ever known once told me, “It’s one thing to feel badly, but its another to do something about it.”  Thanks mom.

Question of the Day:  Are you willing to ask for or give forgiveness to bring you peace of mind in order to draw you closer to Jesus?

Prayer:  “Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness; in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.  Thoroughly wash me from my guilt and of my sin cleanse me.”  (Psalm 51.)


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