Friday 12 April 2019

About Today Readings

DAY OF PENANCE.

Jeremiah 20:10-13. Psalm 17(18):2-7. John 10:31-42.

In my distress I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice – Psalm 17(18):2-7. 

‘Believe in the work that I do . . . ’

The season of Lent is drawing to a close. We are about to enter the holiest week of the year, in preparation for the celebration of the Triduum, culminating in the night of nights that is the Easter Vigil.

Fleeing from being stoned, only to be crucified in the days following, Jesus may have felt as Jeremiah did. In the people’s rejection of him, their accusation of blasphemy must have been particularly galling. As he faced what was to come, did the words of Jeremiah give Jesus courage? ‘I hear so many disparaging me . . . but the Lord is at my side.’ This is supported by the psalm: ‘In my distress I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice.’

What solace, what comfort, what hope! May we be such people of courage and hope.

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