40 Shades of Lent by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Wednesday in the Second Week of Lent, 16 March 2022 Jeremiah 18:18-20 <'[[[[>< + ><]]]]'> Matthew 20:17-28
Praise and glory to you, O Lord our God, our loving Father! Thank you very much for every blessing you send me even in the midst of sickness, trials and blessings. Indeed, everything is pure grace from you. Cleanse my mind and my heart of my sins and negative thoughts; may you be alone the first and the last in my mind and in my heart. Like Jeremiah:
Heed me, O Lord, and listen to what my adversaries say. Must good be repaid with evil that they should dig a pit to take my life? Remember that I stood before you to speak in their behalf, to turn away your wrath from them.Jeremiah 18:19-20
How inspiring is your prophet Jeremiah, Lord! Amid grave dangers as he heard the words of his enemies whom he had pleaded before you, the only thing he had in his mind and his heart was you - just to remember him.
In the same manner, give me such courage and lucidity to remain faithful to you even in grave dangers! Please, purify me in the same manner you cleansed the brothers James and John along with their mother who pleaded to your Son for power and position when he was nearing his passion, death and resurrection. Turn away our minds and hearts from things of the world, of selfish interests most especially in moments of trials and difficulties. Amen.