Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent
Saint Turibius of Mogrovejo (1538-1606)Readings of the day: RB 43:13-19Mass: Jr 20:10-13; Resp Ps 18; Jn 10:31-42
Prophet Jeremiah, MichelangeloThe Lord is with me like a mighty champion.
In the New American Bible, today’s first reading is in a section entitled: ‘Jeremiah’s Interior Crisis.’ On the prophet’s lips are the words, ‘O Lord of hosts, you who test the just, who probe mind and heart’ (Jr 20:12). How are you interiorly this day? What is the state of your mind and heart? With Jeremiah, we ‘Sing to the Lord, praise the Lord’ (Jr 20:13), remembering the words of the psalmist:IN MY DISTRESS I CALLED UPON THE LORD, AND HE HEARD MY VOICE.I love you, O Lord, my strength,O Lord, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer.My God, my rock of refuge,my shield, the horn of salvation, my stronghold!Praised be the Lord, I exclaim,and I am safe from my enemies.The breakers of death surged about me,the destroying floods overwhelmed me;The cords of the nether world enmeshed me,the snares of death overtook me.In my distress I called upon the Lordand cried out to my God;From his temple he heard my voice,my cry to him reached his ears.
(Resp Ps 18)THEN THEY TRIED TO ARREST JESUS;BUT HE ESCAPED FROM THEIR POWER.