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Vol: 45, No.18 3RD SUNDAY OF LENT ( B) March 04 2018  
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 25:15-16)
No society can function without laws. Lawlessness can lead to utter chaos in personal and community living. On the contrary good laws enhance life. Such was the case with the Mosaic Law. The Israelites were envied by the people living around them because they had God-given laws that made them a class apart from others in matters of morality and fraternal care. The Ten Commandments were the summit of the Israelite laws. These laws helped the people of God to improve their relationship with God and neighbour beyond comparison. Jesus summarized the Ten Commandments into two precepts: love God and love neighbour. What role do I reserve for God in my life? What is my attitude towards my neighbour? (Pause)
I Confess to almighty 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....
(The Ten Commandments focus on the
people’s relationship with God and neighbour. Love of God must come first, but it never can be divorced from love for one’s neighbour).
A reading from the Book of Exodus

God spoke all these words, saying, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them or serve them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.
“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labour, and do all your work; but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your manservant, or your maidservant, or your cattle, or the sojourner who is within your gates; for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and hallowed it.
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