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Wednesday, Fourth Week of Lent

March 21, 2012

JMJ

Blessed Wednesday!

O God, who reward the merits of the just,
and offer pardon to sinners who do penance,
have mercy, we pray, on those who call upon You,
that the admission of our guilt
may serve to obtain Your pardon for our sins.
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 for today’s Mass)

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

We bring out the tenderness of God.

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

We’re always fondly on His mind…

He Who pities them leads them
-Isaiah 49:10

Not a pity that looks down on us
and keeps itself aloof.
God reaches down to fondle us,
to tenderly caress…
His darlings!

We’re dear to Him.

He cuts down mountains,
halts the wind,
He cools the blazing sun!
Our food and drink and resting-spots
are all arranged
ahead of time.

He cares for us!
We’ve won His Heart.
He wants the best–for us!
That’s LIFE!

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

We find it in His Son
and His obedience–
so perfect,
He does nothing of Himself
but only does
His Father’s will.
That will is LOVE,
a dearness, fondness far beyond
our wildest dreams.
It finds the lost, brings back the strayed,
it resurrects
the dead.

We need that life!

When we obey this tender love,
as does the Son,
it’s ours.

Amen, Amen I say to you,
whoever hears My word
and believes in the One who sent Me
has eternal life
-John 5:24

(To hear is to obey)

What impact does this image of the tenderness of God have on your heart?
How do you suppose He feels when we try to fend for ourselves?
What can we learn from the life of Jesus about how to be worthy sons and daughters
of so dear a Father?

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