Meditation for Tuesday of the 2nd Week of Lent


First Reading: Isaiah 1:10, 16-20
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 50:8-9, 16-17, 21, 23
Gospel: Matthew 23:1-12
 
"Do as I say and not as I do" is far from the Christian ideal, but it is often the reality of many, Christians and non-Christians alike.  This is cause for scandal to the name "Christian" – a follower of Christ should not do such things that give rise to so many quotes about (and against) Christianity.  Unfortunately, we modern-day Christians are not just trying to repair the damages of Christians past, but we’re also trying to correct the daily false impressions that people get about Christianity, based on how they see Christians behaving.  Sometimes the best we can say is, "Christians aren’t perfect – we’re just forgiven."
 
God is not displeased with our offerings to Him, especially not the sacrifice of the Mass – that’s His only-begotten Son being offered to Him for our sake.  He’s not even displeased with the pawltry bit of good that we do.  What displeases God most is when we talk a good game, thinking we might inspire others to do well, and merely assume that will make up for the evil we do and the good we don’t do without even the intention of amending our lives.  This is especially displeasing when those that take honor by titles or position or celebrity make mockery of Christianity by their lifestyles or by public statement.  This is why we should always pray for those in the public eye and in positions of leadership, but we must also never think ourselves better, simply because our own sins are not as well publicized.
 
To this end, we can offer the following prayer:
Eternal Father, I offer you the Sacred Heart of Jesus, with all its love, all its suffering and all its merits: first, to expiate the sins I have commited this day and during all my life; second, to purify the good I have done poorly this day and during all my life; third, to make up for the good I have neglected to do this day and during all my life.
O precious Jesus, please send your Holy Spirit to grant me the graces necessary to amend my life, so that I will no longer cause offense to you or your Name. 
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
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