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Meditation: Isaiah 65:17-21

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Saint Turibius of Mogrovejo, Bishop (Optional Memorial)

Entrance Antiphon

As for me, I trust in the Lord.
Let me be glad and rejoice in your mercy,
for you have seen my affliction. Cf. Ps 31 (30):7-8


O God, who gave increase to your Church
through the apostolic labors and zeal for truth
of the Bishop Saint Turibius,
grant that the people consecrated to you
may always receive new growth in faith and holiness.
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. Amen.

Isaiah 65:17-21 (or Micah 7:7-9)

Thus says the Lord:
Lo, I am about to create new heavens
and a new earth;
The things of the past shall not be remembered
or come to mind.
Instead, there shall always be rejoicing and happiness
in what I create;
For I create Jerusalem to be a joy
and its people to be a delight;
I will rejoice in Jerusalem
and exult in my people.
No longer shall the sound of weeping be heard there,
or the sound of crying;
No longer shall there be in it
an infant who lives but a few days,
or an old man who does not round out his full lifetime;
He dies a mere youth who reaches but a hundred years,
and he who fails of a hundred shall be thought accursed.
They shall live in the houses they build,
and eat the fruit of the vineyards they plant.

Psalm 30 (or Psalm 27)

R. I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.
I will extol you, O Lord, for you drew me clear
and did not let my enemies rejoice over me.
O Lord, you brought me up from the nether world;
you preserved me from among those going down into the pit. R.
Sing praise to the Lord, you his faithful ones,
and give thanks to his holy name.
For his anger lasts but a moment;
a lifetime, his good will.
At nightfall, weeping enters in,
but with the dawn, rejoicing. R.
“Hear, O Lord, and have pity on me;
O Lord, be my helper.”
You changed my mourning into dancing;
O Lord, my God, forever will I give you thanks. R.

Gospel Acclamation

Praise and honor to you, Lord Jesus Christ!
Seek good and not evil so that you may live,
and the Lord will be with you. Am 5:14
I am the light of the world, says the Lord;
whoever follows me will have the light of life. Jn 8:12
Praise and honor to you, Lord Jesus Christ!

John 4:43-54 (or John 9:1-41)

At that time Jesus left [Samaria] for Galilee. For Jesus himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his native place. When he came into Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, since they had seen all he had done in Jerusalem at the feast; for they themselves had gone to the feast.

Then he returned to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. Now there was a royal official whose son was ill in Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and asked him to come down and heal his son, who was near death. Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.” The royal official said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” Jesus said to him, “You may go; your son will live.” The man believed what Jesus said to him and left. While the man was on his way back, his slaves met him and told him that his boy would live. He asked them when he began to recover. They told him, “The fever left him yesterday, about one in the afternoon.” The father realized that just at that time Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live,” and he and his whole household came to believe. Now this was the second sign Jesus did when he came to Galilee from Judea.

Prayer over the Offerings

May we receive, O Lord, we pray,
the effects of this offering dedicated to you,
so that we may be cleansed from old earthly ways
and be renewed by growth in heavenly life.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Communion Antiphon

I will place my spirit within you
and make you walk according to my laws;
and my judgments you shall keep and observe, says the Lord. Ez 36:27

Prayer after Communion

May your holy gifts, O Lord, we pray,
give us life by making us new,
and, by sanctifying us, lead us to things eternal.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Daily Meditation: Isaiah 65:17-21

I am about to create new heavens and a new earth. (Isaiah 65:17)

For most of us, the word “new” stirs up some excitement. A new season, a new job, a new outfit—such things evoke feelings of anticipation and hope. In today’s first reading from the prophet Isaiah, God is promising the Israelites something truly new: a new creation! Isaiah’s prophecy probably stirred up the same feelings of anticipation and excitement in the Israelites, who had been experiencing only defeat and destruction. It gave them hope that something better than their current struggles would eventually come to pass.

We are about halfway through Lent. Our Lenten sacrifices are meant to bear fruit in our lives and to give God the opportunity to do something new in us. So today, think about what “new” things are happening in and around you.

As you spend time in prayer, perhaps you are experiencing a new or deeper relationship with the Lord. You might find yourself feeling closer to him. Maybe new thoughts come to mind—kinder or more compassionate thoughts or a deeper understanding of Scripture. Maybe you are beginning to hear some new things that God is saying to you personally.

As you give alms, you may be experiencing a deeper trust in the Lord. Perhaps you are able to be more generous, without fear of not having enough for yourself, or you are experiencing less worry about your finances or your future.

Through repentance and the Sacrament of Reconciliation, you may have gained a new sense of having been forgiven. You may feel lighter after being released from the burden of guilt or shame. You may also find yourself more able to forgive others.

Remember, God has already made you a new creation through his Son (2 Corinthians 5:17). So be expectant during the second half of Lent and look for more of the “new” that the Lord is producing in you. Believe that in the midst of your Lenten practices, his life is growing in you and new things are sprouting, even if you don’t see them right away. Place your hope in the One who is always creating and re-creating, making all things new—including you.

“Father, help me to see the new life that you are producing in me.”

Psalm 30:2, 4-6, 11-13
John 4:43-54

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