Friday 31 March
Friday of the 5th week of Lent
First reading – Jeremiah 20:10-13
“Sing to the Lord, praise the Lord, for he has delivered the soul of the needy from the hands of evil men”. This is very specific deliverance which we read in the First reading today. This is the deliverance from those who awaits our fall. From those who are looking for our errors and mistakes. This is a very normal human experience we have from others. We feel that some are waiting to see we make mistakes. But God is not like that. Jeremiah says, “But the Lord is at my side, a mighty hero”. When others see my mistake, God sees the need of my heart and deliver me from the accusations of others. Because with all my weaknesses, “I have committed my cause to God”. Committing our cause to God means we are relinquishing control of our life and placing our trust and faith in God to guide us in our endeavors. Once we are able to do this, we can say like Jeremiah, “But the Lord is at my side, a mighty hero”. Often what happens is that, between our fear about the look of others and our anxiousness in defending ourselves, we forget to commit our cause to God. Let’s reflect: Lent is a time to commit our cause to God instead of defending ourselves before others.