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Friday, fourth week of Lent

March 23, 2012


Blessed St. Toribio of Mogrovejo’s Day!

You can find his story here .

O God, who have prepared
fitting helps for us in our weakness,
grant, we pray, that we may receive
their healing effects with joy
and reflect them in a holy way of life.
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)

Wisdom 2:1, 12-22 (the wicked plot to persecute the just one)
Psalm 34:17-23 “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted”
+John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30 (Jesus’ life is at risk)

I know Him!
-John 7:29 (emphasis added)

That makes all the difference.

The wicked know Him not.
Confined to what is natural, they plot–
against themselves!
They cannot see
the mercy of the righteous one
who tries to set them free
from their own snare
of ill-gained luxury.
They hate his guts.
They take their best friend
for an enemy
and take him down.
(“Fair-weather friends”
can’t be bothered
to face their ire)

they erred;
for their wickedness blinded them,
and they knew not
the hidden counsels of God;
neither did they count on a recompense of holiness
nor discern the innocent soul’s reward
-Wisdom 2:21-22 (emphasis added)

The just have eyes to see
the ways of God,
the ways of man.
They know Him!
With His gentleness and patience they uphold
the good of all,
against the grain,
despite the frightful cost they bear
of vicious persecution.

They will receive
a recompense of holiness,
the blameless soul’s reward.

Do you love the erring enough to try to rescue them from their own errors
despite their resistance?
Do you count as friends those who try to correct you when you’ve gone astray yourself?
Do you know Him?

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