Posted by: sisterbernice | April 8, 2011

5th Friday in Lent

Today I found the Responsorial Psalm to be the reading that inspires me (readings can be found here).

Ps 34:17-18, 19-20, 21 and 23

R.(19a) The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.
The LORD confronts the evildoers,
to destroy remembrance of them from the earth.
When the just cry out, the LORD hears them,
and from all their distress he rescues them.
R.The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.
Many are the troubles of the just man,
but out of them all the LORD delivers him.
R.The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.
He watches over all his bones;
not one of them shall be broken.
The LORD redeems the lives of his servants;
no one incurs guilt who takes refuge in him.
R.The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.

The suffering of the abused will not be forgotten by many of us, and God will never let it be forgotten.  May all who suffer in Ireland and elsewhere know this even when your neighbor is clumsy in how he or she expresses their care and concern.  I know that I can never bring comfort to those who are abused.  I am sure sometimes my blog doesn’t sound like that’s what I am trying to do.  Sometimes I am trying to do too much.  This psalm captures what I have been trying to say – trust in the Lord – He is close, he can heal.  He loves.  You can trust him even when you can’t trust others.  Suffering does have meaning.  Should you read today’s first reading which is speaking of putting the son of God to the test, these lines will stick with whoever is the innocent victim of evil:

“These were their thoughts, but they erred;
for their wickedness blinded them,
and they knew not the hidden counsels of God;
neither did they count on a recompense of holiness
nor discern the innocent souls’ reward.”

Have hope – the innocent soul is rewarded.


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