FRIDAY 5TH WEEK
Jennifer Leavy, C ‘17
"The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold."
During this time of Lent, as we put the Lord first in our hearts through prayer and sacrifice, we should not overlook the crucial role God plays in all our lives-our “rock.” When our lives are full of trouble, we should never struggle with them on our own. God will always be there for us, and we should always turn to him in our time of need. At some point in our lives we have mistaken rainfall for a hurricane, and wondered why it could ever happen to us or how we could ever survive. But we must always remember, especially in times of fear or sadness, that God is our home, our safe haven where peace and comfort awaits us. His vast love for us is the foundation, walls, and ceiling of the house that can never be destroyed or taken away from us. He is the beacon that shines through the storm and calls us towards salvation. Because of this, we can find strength and safety in God’s love. But God’s love isn’t just a place of shelter and refuge. It is also a “shield,” a “horn,” something we can use to defend ourselves against sin and whatever “storms” life can throw at us. God’s love isn’t just a consolation, but a means of purifying oneself. It is an opportunity to grow in our love of God, not just during this time of Lent, but all throughout the year.
Father, help me to trust in Your love for me, so I may find the strength to endure life’s burdens by seeking refuge with You. Amen.
Jer 20: 10-13, Ps 18: 2-7; Jn 10: 31-42