St. Oswald

St. Oswald was born into a military family in 10th-century England. He was the nephew of the archbishop of Canterbury. The archbishop raised him and fostered his early education.

He traveled to France to study and became a Benedictine monk.

Oswald was appointed bishop of Worcester in 962 and began working hard to promote monastic reform.

He continued his monastic reformation when he was appointed archbishop of York in 972.

Oswald also founded numerous monasteries, which improved the scholarship and morals of his clergy. He invited great thinkers in such fields as mathematics and astronomy to share the monastery's learning.

He was widely known for his sanctity, especially his love for the poor.

At the start of Lent in 992, Oswald resumed his usual practice of washing the feet of 12 poor men each day. On Leap Year Day, February 29, he died after kissing the feet of the twelfth man.

He is remembered as one of three saints who revived English monasticism.

Isaiah 58:9-14

9 Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, Here I am. "If you take away from the midst of you the yoke, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
10 if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.
11 And the LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your desire with good things, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
12 And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in.
13 "If you turn back your foot from the sabbath, from doing your pleasure on my holy day, and call the sabbath a delight and the holy day of the LORD honorable; if you honor it, not going your own ways, or seeking your own pleasure, or talking idly;
14 then you shall take delight in the LORD, and I will make you ride upon the heights of the earth; I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken."

Luke 5:27-32

27 After this he went out, and saw a tax collector, named Levi, sitting at the tax office; and he said to him, "Follow me."
28 And he left everything, and rose and followed him.
29 And Levi made him a great feast in his house; and there was a large company of tax collectors and others sitting at table with them.
30 And the Pharisees and their scribes murmured against his disciples, saying, "Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?"
31 And Jesus answered them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick;
32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."

Psalms 86:1-6

1 Incline thy ear, O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.
2 Preserve my life, for I am godly; save thy servant who trusts in thee. Thou art my God;
3 be gracious to me, O Lord, for to thee do I cry all the day.
4 Gladden the soul of thy servant, for to thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
5 For thou, O Lord, art good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call on thee.
6 Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; hearken to my cry of supplication.

Lord, lead me back to You so that I may know my authentic self

29th Feb 2020
Saturday after Ash Wednesday
Is. 58:9-14; Ps. 86(85):1-2,3-4,5-6;
Lk. 5:27-32 (Ps Wk IV)

We continue during these first few days after Ash Wednesday to deepen our understanding of what the Lenten season should mean to us.

We begin a journey of repentance and conversion that will lead us back to the Lord and to the authentic selves we were created to be. Our journey will finally take us to the crossroads where we will meet Jesus travelling along his path to Calvary. There we will be invited to accompany Him and be with Jesus on his way to crucifixion and death. To reach that point on the road, however, we must first prepare ourselves by opening our ears to the words of the prophets who will point out for us the way we must travel, and open our hearts to the Lord who will encourage us to let him enter and change them for us, making them more like his own.

Today we hear a continuation of yesterday’s reading from chapter 58 of the Prophet Isaiah. In these verses, we are reminded that the road back to life, to fullness, to meaning, to health, peace and redemption can only be travelled by those who ‘pour themselves out for the hungry’ and ‘satisfy the desire of the afflicted.

Our Gospel offers us the encouraging words of Jesus that he came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. We should then feel free to admit our sinfulness and weaknesses, both to ourselves and to the Lord, for it was indeed for the likes of us that the Lord came into the world.

Lord, lead me back to You so that I may know my authentic self. Amen.