Lenten Reflection for 3/21

Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Daily Prayer

Merciful God, throughout the ages we have failed You again and again. Even after Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice, we are not worthy to be called Your sons and daughters. Thank You for Your love and mercy, and for remaining faithful to Your covenant. Grant that we continue this holy season of Lent and serve You with all our heart. Amen

Scripture Readings

Genesis 17:3-9; John 8:51-59
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Scripture Quote

Genesis 17:7

The Lord appeared to Abram and said:
“I will maintain my covenant with you
and your descendants after you
throughout the ages as an everlasting pact,
to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.”


How powerful to hear the words of God’s covenant!

As Christians who share a belief in the God of Abraham and Sarah, Isaac, and Jacob, we too are called to live the covenant established by God and God’s people. We are heirs of this covenant through adoption.

In that instant when the Lord announces He will be our God, we immediately inherited God’s love and mercy, Jesus’ compassion and teachings, the goodness of moral people, the courage of martyrs, the communion of saints, and the sure knowledge that God will triumph. All of this points to the existence of a living, personal God.

Reflection Questions

Do I serve God and others as I should?

Do I pray to God personally, opening my heart to Him?

The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate care for the spiritual and physical needs of the poor and abandoned members of the Body of Christ by taking on the most difficult missions in the US and world. Will you support us today in your prayers and gifts?

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