Wednesday: Reflection on the Fifth Sunday in Lent

Hebrew Scripture Lesson from The Twelve Prophets: Habakkuk 3:2-15

O Lord, I have heard of your renown,
 and I stand in awe,
 O Lord, of your work.
In our own time revive it;
 in our own time make it known;
 in wrath may you remember mercy.
God came from Teman,
 the Holy One from Mount Paran.

His glory covered the heavens,
 and the earth was full of his praise.
The brightness was like the sun;
 rays came forth from his hand,
 where his power lay hidden.
Before him went pestilence,
 and plague followed close behind.
He stopped and shook the earth;
 he looked and made the nations tremble.
The eternal mountains were shattered;
 along his ancient pathways
 the everlasting hills sank low.

I saw the tents of Cushan under affliction;
 the tent-curtains of the land of Midian trembled.
Was your wrath against the rivers, O Lord?
 Or your anger against the rivers,
 or your rage against the sea,
when you drove your horses,
 your chariots to victory?
You brandished your naked bow,
 sated were the arrows at your command.
 You split the earth with rivers.
The mountains saw you, and writhed;
 a torrent of water swept by;
the deep gave forth its voice.
 The sun raised high its hands;
the moon stood still in its exalted place,
 at the light of your arrows speeding by,
 at the gleam of your flashing spear.
In fury you trod the earth,
 in anger you trampled nations.
You came forth to save your people,
 to save your anointed.
You crushed the head of the wicked house,
 laying it bare from foundation to roof. You pierced with his own arrows the head of his warriors,
 who came like a whirlwind to scatter us,
 gloating as if ready to devour the poor who were in hiding.
You trampled the sea with your horses,
 churning the mighty waters.

The Lord answer you in the day of trouble!
 The name of the God of Jacob protect you!
May he send you help from the sanctuary,
 and give you support from Zion.
May he remember all your offerings,
 and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices. Selah

May he grant you your heart's desire,
 and fulfill all your plans.
May we shout for joy over your victory,
 and in the name of our God set up our banners.
May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.

Now I know that the Lord will help his anointed;
 he will answer him from his holy heaven
 with mighty victories by his right hand.
Some take pride in chariots, and some in horses,
 but our pride is in the name of the Lord our God.
They will collapse and fall,
 but we shall rise and stand upright.

Give victory to the king,
 O Lord; answer us when we call.

New Testament Gospel Lesson: Luke 18:31-34

There are parallel passages at Matthew 20:17-19 and Mark 10:32-34.

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Then he took the twelve aside and said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. For he will be handed over to the Gentiles; and he will be mocked and insulted and spat upon. After they have flogged him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise again.” But they understood nothing about all these things; in fact, what he said was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said.

Year C Lent 5 Wednesday

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Saturday: Preparation for the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Complementary Exodus 13:3-10 The Festival of Unleavened Bread

Semi-continuous Judges 6:1-10 A prophet calls out Israel for its disobedience.

Both Matthew 16:5-12 Jesus uses the figure of leaven to warn the apostles to beware of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.

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Saturday: Preparation for the Fifth Sunday in Lent

Habakkuk 3:2-13 You came forth to save your people, to save your anointed. You crushed the head of the wicked house, laying it bare from foundation to roof.

John 12:1-11 Jesus came to the home of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. Mary took a pound of costly perfume, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. Judas Iscariot objected that the perfume could have been sold and the money given to the poor. Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”

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