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First Wednesday of Passiontide

April 9, 2014

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)

There is no freedom
to be found
in following
my own desires
and fears.

They are the shackles
which dehumanize
and make me like the beasts
with no free will.

There is no freedom
to be found
in anything
but grounded Truth.

The Son must make you free.

Then you can face the furnace
like a man.

What desires and fears are curtailing my freedom to be like Christ?
What truths of divine revelation do I need to be standing on?

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