Saturday, fourth week of Lent
May the working of Your mercy, O Lord, we pray,
direct our hearts aright,
for without Your grace
we cannot find favor in Your sight.
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)
Jeremiah 11:18-20 (Jeremiah’s life is threatened)
Psalm 7:2-12 “O Lord, my God, in you I take refuge”
+John 7:40-53 (the people are divided over Jesus, but nobody arrests Him)
The guards came to arrest Him.
He arrested them instead.
Never before has anyone spoken
like this man
He got them in hot water with their boss.
Why did you not bring Him?
Have you also been deceived?
-John 7:45, 47
Things are not as they seem.
Those “in the know” are clueless.
The “cursed” got it right.
This is the Christ, the Prophet, after all–
from Galilee, from Bethlehem, from God
(taunts and insults notwithstanding).
Those who believe need courage
to stand up to the barrage.
Nicodemus, Jeremiah, stood their ground.
God gave them strength.
He was prepared.
He’s not surprised.
He saw this coming
long before creation’s dawn.
He sees you too
and every trial you will face
up to the end.
He has a plan for every one
unfolding even as we speak.
Hold to the right
and God will fight
Has God ever “turned the tables” on you?
How can you find the truth amid differing views?
What helps you stand up for the truth against opposition once you’ve found it?