Vol: 43, No.20 5TH SUNDAY OF LENT ( C) March 13 2016  
Give me justice, O God, and plead my cause against a nation that is faithless. From the deceitful and cunning rescue me, for you, O God, are my strength. (Ps42:1-2)

If the past history of a person is a stumbling block in that person’s moving forward, then Saul of Tarsus would not have become Paul the apostle. In the same way, the woman caught in adultery would not have seen the light of another day had she not encountered Christ because the accusation against her would have caused her death by stoning. But both these individuals had the fortune of meeting Christ that changed their lives forever and for the better. Paul was the persecutor of Christians and the Damascus experience changed his outlook towards Christ and his Church. The woman caught in adultery was freed and was empowered to live a new life. What is the transforming moment in our lives? What aspects of our past are bothering us? Can we take a new turn in our lives because we too have experienced the forgiving love of Christ? (Pause)

I confess to almighty God/and to you,/my brothers and sisters,/that I have greatly sinned,/in my thoughts and in my words,/in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,/through my fault,/through my fault,/through my most grievous fault;/therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,/all the Angels and Saints,/and you,/my brothers and sisters,/to pray for me to the Lord our God.
By your help, we beseech you, Lord our God, may we walk eagerly in that same charity with which, out of love for the world, your Son handed himself over to death. 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.
(Isaiah assures the exiles in Babylon that God is planning something new for them. People are asked not to pine for the past but to open themselves to the future).
A reading from the Book of Isaiah (43:16-21)
Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters, who brings forth chariot and horse, army and warrior; they lie down, they cannot rise, they are extinguished, quenched like a wick: “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. The wild beasts will honour me, the jackals and the ostriches; for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people, the people whom I formed for myself that they might declare my praise.”
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (126)
Response: What marvels the Lord worked for us! Indeed we were glad.
When the Lord delivered Zion from bondage, it seemed like a dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, on our lips there were songs. R/
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