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GOSPEL Reading and Reflections for the Mass of the day

March 16, 1998

Monday, March 16:
Weekday in the Third Week of Lent

      First Reading: 2 Kings 5: 1-15
      Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 42: 2-3; 43: 3-4
      Gospel Reading: Luke 4: 24-30

March 17, 1998

Tuesday, March 17:
Weekday in the Third Week of Lent
Optional Feast of SAINT PATRICK, Bishop and Patron Saint of Ireland

      First Reading: Daniel 3: 25,34-43
      Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 25: 4-9
      Gospel Reading: Matthew 18: 21-35

     Though the Season of Lent often preempts this patron saint of Ireland, he is credited with bringing the emerald isle to Catholicism. Born of Roman and Scottish origin, Patrick was sold into bondage and brought to Ireland in the early 400's. His experiences prompted him to always turn to God for intercession and it was this faith that motivated him toward becoming an apostle for Christ in this land he grew to love. His piety and wisdom, as well as his genuine love and caring for the Celtic people, produced mass conversions throughout Irish soil. He is often depicted holding the Church in his hands as well as a shamrock which he used to explain the Blessed Trinity as having three leaves but one plant. He is also shown driving out the snakes. Though history does not record reptiles being on the island, it represents bringing the Gospel to Ireland and driving away the evil spirits of paganism. His holy work spawned generation upon generations of priests and nuns and holy, practicing Catholics up to our present century which are responsible for so many conversions the world-over, especially in America.

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