Reflection: Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Today’s Scripture: Jeremiah 20:10-13 ~ Psalm 18:2-3a, 3bc-4, 5-6, 7 ~ John 10:31-42

“Sing Praise to the Lord for he has rescued the life of the poor from the power of the wicked”

 I’m sure it’s no accident that Jeremiah’s words come to us just one week before Good Friday. He speaks of betrayal , of false accusation, of darkness.

 But just when we are about to get lost in despair, he speaks of the love and loyalty of God.

 Today’s first reading is like a prelude to the passion of Christ. We see that even as we place our trust in God, the world can deal us a difficult, painful, and even terrifying lot, but we are reminded that even the darkest night ends at sunrise. Jeremiah trusts in God. He knows that God will deliver him from harm. Though he doesn’t know how, or what it will look like, he knows that the sun of justice will dawn, and God will be there to save.

I wonder if Jesus knew completely what surrendering his will to the will of God would ultimately mean. While he was being betrayed, falsely accused, beaten, humiliated, and crucified, was he able to trust that his Father would carry him through it and deliver him from his suffering?

 He trusted God’s will… and he died on a cross. 

 He trusted God’s will… and he rose from the dead!

 Perhaps our call today is simply to trust God’s will, even in darkness and uncertainty. We don’t know how, or what it will look like, but we must trust that God will bring us from adversity into the light of his love. We are called to know that our Lent ends with Christ’s Easter.

 We are called to trust the will of God, and to know that he will save us from the hands of the wicked.

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