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40 Shades of Lent by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Friday in the Fifth Week of Lent, 31 March 2023 Jeremiah 20:10-13 >>> +++ <<< John 10:31-42
God our loving Father, I am a sinner; forgive me for always turning my back from You, for refusing to love like Jesus Your Son; but, despite my being a sinner, You know very well how I love you, You know everything about me, how I strive repeatedly because I trust in You. I believe in You! Like the psalmist, I sing this day, "I love you, O Lord, my strength... In my distress I called upon the Lord and cried out to my God; from his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears" (Psalm 18:2, 7).
Like Your prophet Jeremiah, I could hear people, even those closest to me, denouncing my efforts to be just and loving, living Your precepts; I could hear their whispering, "on watch for any misstep of mine" (Jeremiah 20:10).
Worst, like Jesus Christ, some have tried harming me with their words and deeds! Sometimes, I feel so low, so sad how good would be rewarded with evil by some. But I trust in You, dearest Father; let me witness Your love and mercy, justice and kindness despite my sinfulness and weaknesses. Be my strength and my surety. Amen.