Vol: 43, No.19 4TH SUNDAY OF LENT ( C) March 06 2016  
Rejoice, Jerusalem, and all who love her. Be joyful, all who were in mourning; exult and be satisfied at her consoling breast. (Isa 66:10-11)

The possibility of beginning a new life is never denied to any human person, no matter however grave the situation into which the person had fallen. The people of Israel could enter the Promised Land and begin normal life only after forty long years of painful wait. For forty years they longed for a settled life and to eat what they would grow in their own courtyard. But in the process they came to the realization of their folly. The lost son came to the realization of returning home only when he was in dire need, when he faced the shame of eating the food meant for pigs but not permitted to eat even that. His return home and the welcome he received were beyond his wildest expectations. What would we do if we were to find ourselves in similar situations? Will we muster courage and take the bold step of admitting our mistakes? If so, we will see a miracle unfolding in front of us. (Pause)

I confess to almighty God/....
O God, who through your Word reconcile the human race to yourself in a wonderful way, grant, we pray, that with prompt devotion and eager faith the Christian people may hasten towards the solemn celebrations to come. 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.
(Once the people enter the promised land, they celebrate the passover and begin to enjoy the produce of the land).
A reading from the Book of Joshua (5:9-12)
The Lord said to Joshua, “This day I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.” While the people of Israel were encamped in Gilgal they kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month at evening in the plains of Jericho. And on the morrow after the Passover, on that very day, they ate of the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and parched grain. And the manna ceased on the morrow, when they ate of the produce of the land; and the people of Israel had manna no more, but ate of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (34)
Response: Taste and see that the Lord is good.
I will bless the Lord at all times, his praise always on my lips; in the Lord my soul shall make its boast. The humble shall hear and be glad. R/
Glorify the Lord with me. Together let us praise his name. I sought the Lord and he answered me; from all my terrors he set me free. R/
Look towards him and be radiant; let your faces not be abashed. This poor man called; the Lord heard him and rescued him from all his distress. R/
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