Saturday 18 March

Saturday of the 3rd week of Lent
Saint Cyril of Jerusalem, Bishop, Doctor
First reading – Hosea 5:15-6:6
“what I want is love, not sacrifice; knowledge of God, not holocausts”. We can know the Lord when we set ourselves to know the Lord. “Let us set ourselves to know the Lord; that he will come is as certain as the dawn his judgement will rise like the light, he will come to us as showers come, like spring rains watering the earth”. The first step before knowing the Lord is the faith that He will let Himself known to us. The certainty that Lord will help us to know Him. This certainty is the steppingstone to know him more. Before His certainty we fill find our uncertainties. “This love of yours is like a morning cloud, like the dew that quickly disappears”. Our love is a passing love, and we try to compensate our passing love with the sacrifices. That is why the Lord is saying, ““what I want is love, not sacrifice; knowledge of God, not holocausts”. The Lord wants our love and not our meaningless devotions which we do to compensate our uncertainties. The knowledge of God is better than rituals because knowledge of God results from relationship, whereas the rituals could be an expression of our selfishness. God can be related to only by love and not by rituals. Let’s reflect: Lent is relating with God in love and not with rituals.