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Wednesday, Fourth Week of Lent

April 2, 2014

JMJ

Blessed St. Francis of Paola’s Day!

You can find his story here.

Entrance Antiphon:
O Lord, it is You who are my portion and cup;
You Yourself who secure my portion.

Collect:
O God, exaltation of the lowly,
who raised Saint Francis of Paola to the glory of Your saints,
grant, we pray, that by his merits and example
we may happily attain the rewards promised to the humble.
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:
Philippians 3:8-14 (forgetting what lies behind, I press on toward Jesus)
Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 11 “You are my inheritance, O Lord”
+Luke 12:32-34 (Where your treasure is, there also will your heart be)

It’s not that what I had was bad,
but it was getting in the way,

distracting me

from that which matters most.
I’ll never reach my goal
if I keep frittering away
my life
on lesser goods.

I had to make the break
definitive
(I know myself!).
No chance to turn around
and take them back.
I must press on
with nothing in my hands–
not even my own worthiness.

I place my confidence
in God alone.

What’s distracting me from “the prize of God’s upward calling in Christ Jesus”?
What am I afraid of?

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