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40 Shades of Lent by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II
Friday in the First Week of Lent, 23 February 2024
Ezekiel 18:21-28     <*[[[[>< + + + ><]]]]*>     Matthew 5:20-26
“Water Lilies” (1916-1919) painting by Frenchman Claude Monet from lopificio.it
As we come to close
 the first week of Lent today,
your words in our Responsorial Psalm 
are so true, O God because nothing
can be hidden from you,
“If you, O Lord, mark iniquities, 
who can stand?”

Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.”

Matthew 5:23-24

When does a "brother has
anything against us", Lord Jesus?

  The Filipino translation
 “kung may sama ng loob
 sa iyo ang iyong kapatid”
  implies the problem lies 
with the brother, not us; 
but, here you are telling us
 we are the offender, 
 who are obliged, 
even ought to be
 “reconciled with him first
 then offer your gift”
 as we are the guilty one!
Forgive us for acting 
immaturely clean and innocent
 when our feuds and animosities
 with others are due to our pretending
 to be the offended ones
 when in fact, 
we are the offender.
Let us get real with ourselves
 beginning this Lent
 for we can never fool you,
God our Father.

“When someone virtuous turns away from virtue to commit iniquity, and dies, it is because of the iniquity he committed that he must die. But if the wicked, turning from wickedness he has committed, does what is right and just, he shall preserve his life; since he has turned away from all the sins that he committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.”

Ezekiel 18:26-28

 Thank you dear Father
for being true with us always
that we may also get real
with you and everybody else.
Amen. 
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