Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent
Book of the Prophet Jeremiah 20:10-13, Psalm 18:2-7, & John 10:31-42
Today's readings pose a challenging question—Is God's affirmation enough for us?
We all yearn to be liked and have approved for what we do. What do we do when our actions don't have others' approval, including criticism and even persecution? Do we trust in God's affirmation when we know what we are doing is right?
Jeremiah faced this challenge when proclaiming the prophetic message God had given him and said, "All those who were my friends are on the watch for any misstep of mine…But the Lord is with me, like a mighty champion." Within the severest persecution eventually leading to His death, Jeremiah trusted in the Lord, by saying, "For to you I have entrusted my cause."
Similarly, Our Lord faced the challenge of living His vocation as God's promised Messiah;
"I have shown you many good works from my Father. For which of these are you trying to stone me?" Steadily persecuted, Jesus was faithful to His Father's will, even unto death on the cross.
As we move into Holy Week, we realize that being a faithful disciple of Jesus is not always easy. As God called Jeremiah and Jesus, God may call us to stand up for righteousness even when it may not be acceptable in our communities, our workplaces, and our own homes, especially in these trying times.
Finally, we are comforted by the words of the psalmist; "In my distress, I called upon the Lord and cried out to my God; From this temple, he heard my voice, and my cry to Him reached His ears."
Question of the Day: How deep must our courage be to speak about an unwelcomed message, one that might threaten our well-being?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I want to walk with you during the week ahead. Let me admire you, fall in love with you, and have the desire to imitate your courageous fidelity to the truth. Most of all, Lord, I want to have the courage to stay with you, to stay awake for you during the days ahead. Amen.