Are The Ten Commandments still relevant for us? I have friends who claim the Bible is nothing special – just a man-made unenlightened compilation of Bronze Age writings, and certainly not inspired by the Holy Spirit. If that were the case, Jesus would not fulfil so many prophecies from the Old Testament. In today’s Gospel, for example, we see Jesus fulfilling prophecies from Isaiah 56:6-7, Jeremiah 7:1-11 and Malachi 3:1-3, to name only a few.
Mass Readings Word format: Year B Lent 3rd Sunday 2015
Mass Readings Pdf format: Year B Lent 3rd Sunday 2015
John Bergsma gives a great analysis of the readings here.
I have to conclude that my friends who denigrate the Bible are too used to thinking of themselves as ‘good people’ and find it too confronting to consider themselves as sinners, so they are compelled to ‘shoot the messenger’. Getting down to practicalities, Pope Francis has called all Christians to make 13th and 14th March “24 Hours for the Lord”. He wants us to go to Adoration, examine our consciences (take some time about this – perhaps spend an hour in Adoration asking the Lord to reveal your sins to you) and receive the sacrament of penance / reconciliation / confession during this time. To prepare for this, why not listen to Fr Barron’s homily on the Ten Commandments here:
and do a thorough examination of conscience. You can download these as a guide:
Word format: Confession and Examination of Conscience
Pdf format: Confession and Examination of Conscience
By the way, these lists of sins are not exhaustive – they are just meant as a guide. If you take time to examine yourself and listen to the Holy Spirit, you’ll find many imperfections that aren’t even on the list.
For those of you in the Perth Northern Suburbs, you can attend 24 hours for the Lord events here:
- Joondalup Holy Spirit Chapel: Adoration and Confession from 00h00 (midnight) Friday until midnight Saturday. Mass: 12:10 Friday. Please put your name on the adoration roster in the front porch.
- Our Lady of the Mission, Whitfords: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Friday 09.30 a.m. to 7.00 p.m., Mass Friday 9 a.m, Saturday 08.30. Confession: Saturday 12.00 to 13:00and 17:30 – 18:00.
- St Simon Peter, Ocean Reef: Blessed Sacrament Adoration Friday 9:00 to 18:50. Mass: Friday 19:00, Saturday 8:30, Reconciliation: Friday 18:30-18:50, Saturday 17:00-17:45.
- St Andrew’s, Clarkson: Mass: Friday and Saturday 08:00, Reconciliation: Saturday 17:00 to 17:30, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction: Friday 15:00 to 17:00.
Wishing you joy and grace this Lent!