LENT, Week 2: Tuesday

“Wash yourselves clean! Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes; cease doing evil ...” (Isaiah 1:16.)

In commenting on this verse from today’s First Reading, Saint John Chrysostom writes:

“Let us become as clean as is possible. Let us wash away our sins. And the prophet teaches us how to wash them away, saying, “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean, put away from my eyes the evil of your souls.” See that we must first cleanse ourselves, and then God cleanses us. He first said, “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean,” and then said, “I will make you white.” The power of repentance is then tremendous as it makes us white as snow and wool, even though sin had stained our souls.” (On the Epistle to the Hebrews, 12.)

Guard your Church, we pray,
O Lord, in Your unceasing mercy,
and, since without You
mortal humanity is sure to fall,
may we be kept by
Your constant helps from all harm
and directed to all that brings salvation.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son
Who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Glory to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be forever. Amen