MONDAY OF THE FOURTH WEEK OF LENT MARCH 23, 2020
Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-13
2 Yahweh, my God, I cried to you for help and you healed me.
4 Make music for Yahweh, all you who are faithful to him, praise his unforgettable holiness.
5 His anger lasts but a moment, his favour through life; In the evening come tears, but with dawn cries of joy.
6 Carefree, I used to think, 'Nothing can ever shake me!'
11 You have turned my mourning into dancing, you have stripped off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy.
12 So my heart will sing to you unceasingly, Yahweh, my God, I shall praise you for ever.
REFLECTION: Carefree, I used to think, 'Nothing can ever shake me!'
Walking pass empty shelves at the supermarket. All this panic buying. Is it necessary?
Walking pass empty aisles at church. Social distancing that tears the tapestry of community life. Physical food is already scarce and now spiritual food?
Then the news that Mass will be suspended and that is when I hear the pin drop that bursts the bubble around my hardened heart. Can it be possible? Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen said that “sometimes our Lord needs to break our hearts in order to get into it”.
I used to think that “Nothing can ever shake me!” But everything has. Our Lord isn’t nothing but is everything. His silence is more deafening and shakes me more than the cries of pandemic.
Nestling in my heart
The world cries out for mercy
You rest patiently
Let me rest with you
Grant me the grace to endure
Trying times will pass
You walk beside me
Carry me when I’m tired
My only refuge.