Friday, April 12, 2019
Today, in Mercy, in our readings the distress of both Jeremiah and Jesus becomes palpable.
All those who were my friends
are on the watch for any misstep of mine.
And Jesus, as the crowd pick up stones to throw at him, says:
I have shown you many good works from my Father.
For which of these are you trying to stone me?
The Psalmist responds for both Jesus and Jeremiah:
In my distress I called upon the LORD
and cried out to my God;
From his temple he heard my voice,
and my cry to him reached his ears.
Jesus tells his persecutors:
If I do not perform my Father’s works, do not believe me;
but if I perform them, even if you do not believe me,
believe the works, so that you may realize and understand
that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.
Perhaps Jesus is also speaking to us in any place where our faith is weak, or we harbor doubts. He is asking us to place absolute trust in him in all things. It’s a big request and one we work a lifetime to achieve.
In our prayer, we might take time to remember the works God has already accomplished in our lives, the gifts God has given us through the years, the wonders of Creation we have experienced, the loves that have graced our days.
In gratitude and trust, let us place any distress in our hearts into the open heart of Jesus, repeating our Gospel verse for today:
Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life;
you have the words of everlasting life.
Music: Your Words Are Spirit and Life – Bernadette Farrell