READ: ISAIAH 58: 9B-14

Thus says the LORD:

If you remove from your midst oppression, false accusation and malicious speech;

If you bestow your bread on the hungry and satisfy the afflicted;

Then light shall rise for you in the darkness,

and the gloom shall become for you like midday;

Then the LORD will guide you always and give you plenty even on the parched land.

He will renew your strength, and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring whose water never fails.

The ancient ruins shall be rebuilt for your sake, and the foundations from ages past you shall raise up; "Repairer of the breach," they shall call you,"Restorer of ruined homesteads."

If you hold back your foot on the sabbath from following your own pursuits on my holy day;

If you call the sabbath a delight,and the LORD's holy day honorable;

If you honor it by not following your ways, seeking your own interests, or speaking with malice, then you shall delight in the LORD,

and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth;

I will nourish you with the heritage of Jacob, your father,for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.


"Remove from your midst...malicious speech." Malicious, cruel, hurtful, wounding, and unkind speech can so often come forth from our mouths. But in our reading today, we are encouraged to remove such speech from our lives. The Lord wants to transform us this Lent so that our lives can look more like his, and that includes the way we talk to and about others. Today, let us seek God's grace and love to help us overcome our inclination towards malicious speech.

What stuck out to you in the passage?

What does this passage tell us about God?

Are there conversations that you had had recently in which you have used your speech to wound another?

Will you be bold enough to ask for forgiveness today for those conversations?

How does the way you speak about others differ from the way the Lord speaks about them?

Is malicious speech welcomed in your circle of friends? If so, how can you encourage charity?


Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth.

Incline your ear, O LORD; answer me, for I am afflicted and poor. Keep my life, for I am devoted to you; save your servant who trusts in you. You are my God. Have mercy on me, O Lord, for to you I call all the day. Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in kindness to all who call upon you. Hearken, O LORD, to my prayer and attend to the sound of my pleading.

Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth.


What are you going to take away from your time of prayer today?

Want to reflect a little more on this topic? Watch this video from Fr. Mike Schmitz.

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