Thursday, second week of Lent
Blessed St. John of God’s Day!
You can find his story here :
O God, who delight in innocence and restore it,
direct the hearts of Your servants to Yourself,
that, caught up in the fire of Your Spirit,
we may be found steadfast in faith,
and effective in good works.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.
(Opening prayer of today’s Mass)
Jeremiah 17:5-10 (trust in man brings a curse; trust in God brings blessing)
Psalm 1:1-6 “Blessed are they who hope in the Lord”
+Luke 16:19-31 (the story of Lazarus & the rich man)
which will reward you nothing
at the hour of death.
The curtain falls on life.
The true light rises.
We gasp, astonished as new sight reveals
low beggars, glorious in celestial bliss,
high nobles, wretched in the parching flames.
Illusions gone, we see the truth
that’s always been.
Nor is there recourse then
to any change of season.
Things as they are, will be forevermore
for good or ill…
The time to choose is now.
To trust in God is to be green forever,
to flourish in this life and in the next;
to trust in self, a salt and barren wasteland
unequaled in the horror of its curse.
There’s nothing worse.
Though life may bring us trials and afflictions,
roots planted deep in God will keep us true.
Our compass fixed on His immortal teaching,
deceptions yield to Heaven’s wider view.
If you were in eternity (for better or worse!) what would you value and what would you regret about the way you spent today?
What worries about yourself and about other people would be rearranged?
Who would you feel sorry for? How would you want to help them?