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First Wednesday of Passiontide

March 20, 2013

JMJ

Blessed Wednesday!

Entrance Antiphon:
My deliverer from angry nations, You set me above my assailants;
You saved me from the violent man, O Lord.

Collect:
Enlighten, O God of compassion,
the hearts of Your children, sanctified by penance,
and in Your kindness
grant those You stir to a sense of devotion
a gracious hearing when they cry out to You.
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.

Readings:
Daniel 3:14-20, 91-92, 95 (Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fiery furnace)
Daniel 3:52-56 “Glory and praise forever!”
+ John 8:31-42 (we are slaves of sin, but Jesus has come to set us free)

The heat is on

The pressure to forsake
the Lord
becomes intense.

Just how free are you?!

Are you free enough
to die
for your beliefs?
To let the world say what it will
while you obey
the Voice of God?

Or will you bow
with all the rest
not wanting to expose yourself
to ridicule,
not standing up against the music
that would sweep your soul away?

Does what you say
match what you do?

Are you a son of Abraham
in truth
or just in word?
Is sin enslaving you?

If you’re not free
you’re just the one
the Son
came to release!

Allow His truth
to burn away
the shackles of your sin.
Remain in Him–
you shall be free indeed!

What enslaves you–what do you wish was different about your life,
but you just can’t seem to break free of it?
What does God have to say about it?

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