Vol: 44, No.19 3RD SUNDAY OF LENT ( A) March 19 2017  
My eyes are always on the Lord, for he rescues my feet from the snare. Turn to me and have mercy on me, for I am alone and poor. (Ps 24:15-16)

The season of Lent is an invitation to restore three relationships: our relationship with ourselves, with others and with God. We restore our relationship with ourselves through fasting. We restore our relationship with others through almsgiving and we restore our relationship with God through prayer. Today’s readings are inviting us to look deeper into our relationship with God and correct our understanding of God. Let us be sorry for the times we have not given him his rightful place in our life and have been disrespectful of his name and his majesty. (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.
O God, author of every mercy and of all goodness, who in fasting, prayer and almsgiving have shown us a remedy for sin, look graciously on this confession of our lowliness, that we, who are bowed down by our conscience, may always be lifted up
by your mercy. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns…
(In this reading we are told about the rebellion of the Israelites against Moses on account of the lack of water. But God provides them water from the rock and proves to be the one who is in complete control of nature).
A reading from the Book of Exodus

The people thirsted there for water, and the people murmured against Moses, and said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst?” So Moses cried to the Lord, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.” And the Lord said to Moses, “Pass on before the people, taking with you some of the elders of Israel; and take in your hand the rod with which you struck the Nile, and go. Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb; and you shall strike the rock and water shall come out of it, that the people may drink.” And Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. And he called the name of the place Massah and Meribah, because of the faultfinding of the children of Israel, and because they put the Lord to the proof by saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (51)
Response: O that today you would listen to his voice! Harden not your hearts.
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