09 March 2016
Wednesday, 4th Week of Lent
St. Frances of Rome, Widow
Is 49:8 – 15 / Jn 5: 17 – 30
St. Frances of Rome (1384 – 1440), a widow, founded an order of oblates committed to serving the poorest of the poor.
From the 1st Reading: Is 49: 8, 13 - 15
This is what Yahweh says: "At a favorable time I have answered you, on the day of salvation I have been your help; I have formed you and made you to be my covenant with the people. You will restore the land, and allot its abandoned farms. . .
Sing, O heavens, and rejoice, O earth; break forth into song, O mountains:
for Yahweh has comforted his people and taken pity on those who are afflicted. But Zion said: "Yahweh has forsaken me, my Lord has forgotten me." Can a woman forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child of her womb? Yet though she forget, I will never forget you.
From the Gospel Reading: Jn 5:24
Jesus said, Truly, I say to you, anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me, has eternal life; and there is no judgment for him because he has passed from death to life."
How many times has life overwhelmed us, to the point that we felt abandoned by God? It is an easy conclusion to arrive at, when everything seems dark, with no way out.
But at a "favorable time," the Lord has promised salvation for all who believe in Him. His timing is not like ours; his ways, beyond our ways. Unfortunate things happen, but we must not despair, because we only see small portions of a plan beyond our comprehension. "Things happen for a reason," as the old adage goes, and for us Christians, that reason lies in the grand design carried out by the grand engineer Himself. We believe that a loving God is at the helm, and that He puts our welfare before anything else. Therefore, hope and faith are two sides of the same coin. The call to hope is also a call to believe in God's unfailing love for us.
Isaiah deliberately uses a mother's love to illustrate the extent of God's compassion for us. Human love may be fallible, but our Father's love is firm beyond reason and beyond measure. It is in this love that we are able to say, "Father, I trust in You."
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Catherine A. Villanueva
Timothy Jameson Chan
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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