First Friday of Passiontide
Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in distress.
Deliver me from the hands of my enemies and those who pursue me.
O Lord, let me never be put to shame, for I call on You.
Pardon the offenses of Your peoples, we pray, O Lord,
and in Your goodness set us free
from the bonds of the sins
we have committed in our weakness.
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.
O God, who in this season
give Your Church the grace
to imitate devoutly the Blessed Virgin Mary
in contemplating the Passion of Christ,
grant, we pray, through her intercession,
that we may cling more firmly each day
to Your Only Begotten Son
and come at last to the fullness of His grace.
Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen
Jeremiah 20:10-13 (Jeremiah is threatened, but he trusts God to protect him)
Psalm 18:2-7 “In my distress I called upon the Lord, and He heard my voice”
+John 10:31-42 (the Jews want to kill Jesus for claiming to be God)
The threats of man
do not intimidate
the Son of God.
He won’t withdraw
but presses home
with greater force.
He is the One
they claim to seek.
And death itself
to be found.
Do I want to find God as badly as He wants to be found?
Am I willing to accept Him for Who He Is, when that differs from my preconceived notions?