40 Shades of Lent by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Wednesday in the Fourth Week of Lent, 30 March 2022 Isaiah 49:8-15 <*(((>< + ><)))*> John 5:17-30
There were so many times in life especially during the first year of the prolonged COVID-19 lockdown that we felt like your people thrown into exile to Babylon, crying out, "The Lord has forsaken me; my Lord has forgotten me" (Isaiah 49:14).
But looking back to those days of the lockdown, of how we have survived COVID and so many other problems, sickness and difficulties, the more we have realized your loving presence and involvement in our struggles and hardships; you have not only healed and saved us but even opened many opportunities in life during those trying moments!
Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb? Even should she forget, I will never forget you.Isaiah 49:15
Deepen our faith in you, O God, especially when we could not understand the things happening in our lives and around us; many times, we could not also understand your very words expressed to us by Jesus like in the gospel today. In times like that, Lord, please let us just feel you, love you, and trust you for surely, nothing ever happens without your knowing. Amen.