Friday, fourth week of Lent
In case you haven’t seen it yet, here’s an English translation of Cardinal Bergoglio’s Lenten message.
O God, save me by Your Name; by Your power, defend my cause.
O God, hear my prayer; give ear to the words of my mouth.
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.
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)
We’re fighting phantoms
clutching desperately at evil
to defend us from ourselves,
to convince us
that our wretchedness is good.
We don’t want to see
It shows us up
for what we are
and we don’t want to change!
So we lash out
that God’s a step ahead of us.
His vision is unclouded
by the vagaries of sin.
He knew our thoughts
before we knew ourselves.
He turns our sin
holds out the fruits of holiness,
and bids us enter in.
Could it be that the things you want to fight are God’s invitation to repentance?
How does it impact your perspective to know that God has always known what you’d go through
and has plans in place to handle everything to your advantage?