Saturday of the Third Week of Lent
Featured Saints e
St. Leander of Seville, bishop (†c. 600). Brother of St. Isidore, St. Fulgentius and St. Florentina, he governed the Archdiocese of Seville, Spain, and converted the Visigoths through his preaching.
Sts. Roderick, priest, and Solomon, martyrs (†857). Imprisoned and beheaded in Cordoba, Spain, for refusing to adhere to the Mohammedan religion.
St. Eldrad, abbot (†c. 840). A Frank of high birth, he dedicated part of his fortune to works of charity and gave the rest to the Church, becoming a monk in the Benedictine Abbey of Novalesa, Italy. He reformed the psalter and promoted the construction of new churches.
St. Christina of Persia, virgin and martyr (†559). For her fidelity she was scourged to death with rods during the reign of Khosrau I of Persia.
Blessed Agnello of Pisa, priest (†c. 1236). He was admitted into the Franciscan Order by St. Francis of Assisi, who sent him to England to found a province of the Order there. He greatly favoured sacred learning.
Blessed Françoise Tréhet, virgin and martyr (†1794). Religious from the Congregation of Charity, she was guillotined in Ernée during the French Revolution.
First Reading – Hos 6:1-6
“Come, let us return to the LORD, it is He who has rent, but He will heal us; He has struck us, but He will bind our wounds. He will revive us after two days; on the third day He will raise us up, to live in his presence. Let us know, let us strive to know the LORD; as certain as the dawn is his coming, and his judgment shines forth like the light of day! He will come to us like the rain, like spring rain that waters the earth.”
What can I do with you, Ephraim? What can I do with you, Judah? Your piety is like a morning cloud, like the dew that early passes away. For this reason I smote them through the prophets, I slew them by the words of my mouth; For it is love that I desire, not sacrifice, and knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
Responsorial Psalm – Ps 51:3-4, 18-19, 20-21ab (R. cf. Hos 6:6)
R. It is mercy I desire, and not sacrifice.
Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.
Thoroughly wash me from my guilt
and of my sin cleanse me. R.
For You are not pleased with sacrifices;
should I offer a burnt offering, You would not accept it.
My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit;
a heart contrite and humbled, O God, You will not spurn. R.
Be bountiful, O LORD, to Zion in your kindness
by rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem;
Then shall You be pleased with due sacrifices,
burnt offerings and holocausts. R.
Gospel – Lk 18:9-14
Jesus addressed this parable
to those who were convinced of their own righteousness
and despised everyone else.
“Two people went up to the temple area to pray;
one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector.
The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself,
‘O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity —
greedy, dishonest, adulterous — or even like this tax collector.
I fast twice a week,
and I pay tithes on my whole income.’
But the tax collector stood off at a distance
and would not even raise his eyes to heaven
but beat his breast and prayed,
‘O God, be merciful to me a sinner.’
I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former;
for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled,
and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”