Tuesday of the Second Week in Lent.
Jesus declares in the Gospel that the Jews who taught the law of Moses did not observe it. On the other hand, the Kingdom of God is open to the heathen, who by baptism become disciples of Christ and do His works.
Let us pray that God may grant us the grace of perseverance in the observance of the fast, "of which He has set us an example (Collect).
Tibi dixit cor meum, quaesivi vultum tuum, vultum tuum, Domine, requiram: ne avertas faciem tuam a me. * Dominus illuminatio mea, et salus mea: quem timebo?
(Psalm 26:8-9,1 from the Introit of Mass)
Perfice, quaesumus, Domine, benignus in nobis observantiae sanctae subsidium: ut, quae te auctore facienda cognovimus, te operante impleamus.