40 Shades of Lent by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Wednesday in the Second Week of Lent, 08 March 2023 Jeremiah 18:18-20 >>> +++ <<< Matthew 10:17-28
Many times you have heard me O God our Father asking the same question by your prophet Jeremiah, "Must good be repaid with evil that they should dig a pit to take my life?" (Jeremiah 18:20).
Many times too, like with Jeremiah, you have not answered my questions directly but consistently in my life you have shown how much you love me by giving me the strength and courage, the assurance to keep on doing what is good simply because it is good, it is right, it is just, it is your will. Many times even without your clear answer I just feel you inside me, beside me.
Into your hands I commend my spirit; you will redeem me, O Lord, O faithful God. I hear the whispers of the crowd that frighten me from every side, as they consult together against me, plotting to take my life. But my trust is in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” In your hands is my destiny; rescue me from the clutches of my enemies and my persecutors.Psalm 31:6, 14, 15-16
Your Son Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior had shown us that indeed in this world, people are not ready nor willing to accept whatever is true and just; hence, good is always repaid with evil because many are not on the side of what is right and true.
Teach me, O Lord, to forget all about the perks of discipleship if there is really any at all but instead be simply focused in remaining faithful to you, always sharing in your sufferings and death without desiring any rewards; most of all, like St. John of God and other saints, let me be content in asking you questions that is a prayer in itself because it is always answered in ways so different from what I expected until I find myself totally giving myself to you for you alone are my Lord, my God, my Teacher, my Father. Amen.