Saturday of the Second Week of Lent

Official Translation

Reading 1 - Micah 7.14-15, 18-20

Shepherd your people with your staff,
the flock of your heritage,
who dwell by themselves in a forest,
in the middle of Carmel.
Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead,
as in the days of old.
As in the days of your coming out of the land of Egypt,
show us marvelous things.

Who is like you, O God,
who pardons iniquity,
and passes over the disobedience
of the remnant of his heritage,
who does not retain his anger forever,
because he delights in loving kindness,
who will again have compassion on us,
who will tread our iniquities under foot?

You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.
You will give truth to Jacob,
and mercy to Abraham,
as you have sworn to our fathers
from the days of old.

Responsorial – Psalm 103.1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12 Resp. 8a

R. The Lord is merciful and gracious.

Praise The Lord, my soul!
All that is within me, praise his holy name!
Praise The Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits.

R. The Lord is merciful and gracious.

He forgives all your sins;
he heals all your diseases;
he redeems your life from destruction;
he crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies.

R. The Lord is merciful and gracious.

He will not always accuse;
nor will he stay angry forever.
He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
nor repaid us according to our guilt.

R. The Lord is merciful and gracious.

For as the heavens are high above the earth,
so great is his loving kindness toward those who fear him.
As far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

R. The Lord is merciful and gracious.

Gospel – Luke 15.1-3, 11-32

Now the tax collectors and sinners, draw near to Jesus, heard him,
and the Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying,
“This man welcomes sinners, and eats with them.”
So he told them this parable, saying:

“There was a human who had two sons.
The younger of them said to his father,
‘Father, give me my share of your property.’
He divided his life between them.
Not many days after,
the younger son gathered all of this together
and traveled into a far country.
There he wasted his property with careless living.

When he had spent all of it,
there arose a severe famine in that country,
and he began to be in need.
He went and joined himself
to one of the citizens of that country,
who sent him into his fields to feed pigs.
He longed to fill his belly
with the carob-pods that the pigs ate,
but no one gave him any.

But when he came to himself he said,
‘How many hired servants of my father
have bread enough to spare,
and I am dying with hunger!
I will get up and go to my father,
and will tell him,
“Father, I have sinned
against heaven and in your sight.
I am no longer worthy to be called your son.
Make me as one of your hired servants.”’

He arose, and came to his father.
But while he was still far off,
his father saw him
and was moved with compassion,
and ran and hugged his neck and kissed him.
The son said to him,
‘Father, I have sinned against heaven,
and in your sight.
I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
“But the father said to his servants,
‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him.
Put a ring on his hand and shoes on his feet.
Bring the fattened calf, kill it,
and let us eat and celebrate;
for this, my son, was dead, and is alive again.
He was lost, and is found.’
They began to celebrate.

Now his elder son was in the field.
As he came near to the house,
he heard music and dancing.
He called one of the servants to him,
and asked what was going on.
He said to him, ‘Your brother has come,
and your father has killed the fattened calf,
because he has received him back safe and healthy.’
But he was angry, and would not go in.

Therefore his father came out, and begged him.
But he answered his father,
‘Behold, these many years I have served you,
and I never disobeyed a commandment of yours,
but you never gave me a goat,
that I might celebrate with my friends.
But when this, your son, came,
who has devoured your living with prostitutes,
you killed the fattened calf for him.’
He said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me,
and all that is mine is yours.
But it was fitting to celebrate and be glad,
for this, your brother, was dead, and is alive again.
He was lost, and is found.’”

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