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Wednesday, Fourth Week of Lent

April 6, 2011

Blessed Wednesday!

Lord, You reward virtue and forgive the repentant sinner.
Grant us your forgiveness as we come before You confessing our guilt.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(Opening Prayer for today’s Mass)

Readings:
Isaiah 49:8-15 (God will provide for His people)
Psalm 145:8-18 “The Lord is kind and merciful”
+John 5:17-30 (Jesus only does His Father’s will)

God is fond of us!

He Who pities them leads them
-Isaiah 49:10

According to Strong’s concordance,
the word used for “pity” literally means to fondle, or tenderly caress.
We are led by One Who is fond of us.

This comes out even more clearly when we realize
that when we’re in the state of grace we’re in His Son.

Abide in Me and I in you
-John 14:4

Now you are the body of Christ, and individually members of it.
-I Corinthians 27

When God sees us, He sees Jesus…fondly.

For the Father loves the Son
-John 5:20

(The word used here for “loves”–“philei”–means “to be fond of.”)

God’s showing us His tender side.
He’s tugging at our heartstrings.

Can a mother forget her infant,
be without tenderness for the child of her womb?
Even should she forget, I will never forget you
-Isaiah 49:14-15

He’s on our side!

The trouble is that we’re often not on our side!
That’s where judgment comes in.
The child who runs into traffic after a ball is not “on his own side;”
seeking a lesser good (the ball) over a greater (his life).
His mother must judge, incurring his wrath by yanking him to safety.

Love objects to death and wants life
-Pope John Paul II, Homily, April 8, 1984

God objects to death!
In His fondness for us, He wants us to live
with Him
forever.

He’s more protective of us than we are of ourselves.

That’s why the Word of Life became flesh (see John 1:14, I John 1:1).

those who have heeded it shall live
-John 5:25

There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus
-Romans 8:1

In His fondness for us, He makes the way easy.

Along the ways they shall find pasture…
they shall not hunger or thirst,
nor shall the scorching wind or the sun strike them;
for He Who pities them leads them and guides them beside springs of water.
I will cut a road through all My mountains, and make My highways level
-Isaiah 49:9-11

We have everything to gain.
The only things we stand to lose aren’t worth having anyway.
Let’s surrender to God’s fondness.

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