Friday, March 23, 2012

Friday of the Fourth Week

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.”

Does this mean that I have to be down on my luck?
Do I have to be sad?
Do I have to be downtrodden?
Do I have to be any of these things in order for the Lord to be close to me?

The Lord is attentive to us at all times.  When we have joy, we celebrate in the Lord and give thanks.  When we have love, we revel in our relationships, one of which is with the Lord. This reading assures us, however, that the Lord is there to rescue us when we are in distress.  The Lord is there when our spirits have been broken.  We may be more attentive to the Lord’s presence when we are brokenhearted.  We are praying and searching for the attention and support of the Lord at these needy times.  Let us try to remember and remind ourselves that the Lord is close to us at all times.  We are supported and celebrated by the Lord because we are of one body.  “He watches over all his bones; not one of them shall be broken.”
Dear Lord, I am thankful for Your constant vigilance of me as a human being.  I am sometimes selfish and want all of Your attention.  I forget that You are there in the good times and in the bad times.  Thank You for Your love and attention.

Barbara Gaida, M’01, Member of the Worshipping Community
First Reading: Wisdom 2:1a, 12-22
Psalm 34:17-21, 23
Gospel: John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30

Daily Scripture readings can be found online at the USCCB website

1 comment:

Anna said...

I loved the questions you ask in the beginning of your post and your affirming answer: God is attentive to us at all times. God is with us in both joy and sadness, but in those broken moments, we might simply be more attentive to his presence. Thanks Barb!